Here’s a reflection for Lent from #brettfish. It’s longer than usual but worth reading to the end!
As we head towards Easter, we remember it as a time when Jesus died on the cross.
The cross was an instrument of torture created for the enemies for Rome. It was designed to cause suffering. Do you ever think how strange it is that Christians use the symbol of the cross as a piece of art and jewellery?
If Jesus had stood in front of a firing squad, would we all wear golden guns? And what if the electric chair had been around?
While it may seem crazy when we think about it that way, it may help to switch focus from what the cross did to Jesus to what it did to us.
Our sin. Our death sentence. And yet Jesus takes our place. He performs the role of scapegoat, the one who bears the sins of the entire nation, or in our case, world.
Then suddenly the cross takes on a whole different meaning. Because now it is a reminder of the gift of Love that God demonstrated by sending Jesus for us. A memorial to His death so to speak.
And so when we look at the cross, we try not so much to remember the suffering it caused for Jesus, but the freedom from suffering that it won for each of us who chooses to follow Him.