Standing at a distance, she gazed at the man’s crucified body, dying on a cross, as her heart pounded in agony. Deep sobs heaved her chest. Her knees began to buckle.
What brought her to the cross? A mother’s love. For this was Mary’s son, dying for the world.
John the disciple, who had leaned upon this Divine Man so many times, stood with Mary, in utter dismay.
What brought him to the cross? Genuine love and deep gratitude.
With John and Mary stood Mary Magdalene, trembling. Tears of grief streamed down her cheeks.
What brought her to the cross? Love, for the forgiveness of the sins in her life, for scripture says, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.” (Luke 7:47a NKJV)
Kneeling on the ground at the foot of this Man’s cross, the soldiers cast lots for His tunic.
What brought them to the cross? Their duty. And now their greed.
Two thieves hung on either side of this cross.
What brought them to the cross? Violation of the law.
Simon the Cyrenian was there.
What brought him to the cross? Bearing the burden of the cross to the hill of sacrifice.
The multitude gathered, murmuring to each other.
What brought them to the cross? Anger. Belittlement. Wonderment. Doubting.
The chief priests stood with the scribes, poised in pride and defiance.
What brought them to the cross? To mock Him, thinking it all utter foolishness.
What did all these have in common? They all needed the very thing for which this Man Jesus was dying on the cross: Salvation and the forgiveness of their sins.
Some accepted it; some rejected it. Paul later wrote to the Corinthians, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18 NIV)
What brings you to the cross? Love? Gratitude? Grief? Duty? Violation of God’s Law? Bearing a burden? Anger? Belittlement? Wonderment? Doubt? Pride? Defiance? Mocking?
Do you come weeping in pain, sorrow, or loss? Emptied of hopes and dreams? Feeling lost in your circumstances?
Without the cross, there would be no Garden of Easter Gladness…to lift you up, to wipe away your tears, to remove your grave clothes of fear and depression.
Walk that trail from the cross to Easter’s Garden of resurrection. See your Savior Jesus standing there, waiting for you.
He compassionately whispers your name and says, “Do not wear the grave-clothes stained with the tears of grief. Come into My garden of beauty and I will give you the robe of Easter’s resurrection gladness. Take My Hand and let Me lead you along the path to life everlasting. I will never leave you nor forsake you. I gave My life that you might live eternally with Me.”
Jesus always brings us hope of resurrection as on that first Easter morn. He says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 NKJV)
Do you believe this? If so, weep no more. May you experience the salvation and forgiveness of the cross, the power of the resurrection, and embrace the risen life in a new way this Easter season.
What brings you to the cross? May it be…Genuine Love.