Responding to the Cross

I have been giving this a lot of thought. I have been thinking a lot about what happened over 2000 years ago to Jesus and how people respond to that fact when they are faced with it. Here are the cold hard historical facts:

There was a man named Jesus, he was baptized by John the baptist, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Cesar Tiberius.

The bible tells us that it is because of our sin that Jesus had to die (Romans 4:25). If we never sinned he wouldn’t have had to come save us. How does that make you feel to know that someone died for you or that you caused it to happen?

Many times, we don’t want to think about what happened over 2000 years ago. We want to go on living our lives blissfully unaware of what happened on the day Jesus was crucified. When we are faced with what happened and put in a position to figure out our response, it can feel unfair. It can feel like someone is trying to “judge” us by calling us murderers or that someone is trying to guilt trip us into signing up for their church. I can relate to that feeling.

When i first learned about what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus and what was expected of me in response to the cross i felt like it was unfair. I felt a lot like the pharisee’s that said: “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood” (Acts 5:28). At first i felt like, “why me, God?” i thought, “Why are you doing this to me now?” I was only 22 years old when i was faced with the fact my sins killed Jesus and at first I felt like i had my whole life in front of me and now God was “forcing me” to give up everything i thought i had going for me. It can feel unfair when we are faced with what happened that day, but the reality is that we will all sooner or later have to decide what our response will be to what happened to Jesus over 2000 years ago.

11 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[a]

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God 

Romans 14:11-12

It is not a matter of if you are faced with the realities of killing Jesus, it is a matter of when. I was faced with it at the age of 22 and at the time i wished it had come later, but now i cant stop thanking God for calling me out of the world. I was called at 22, but at one time or another every single person will have to decide how to respond. This might not seem fair, and its not fair. Its not fair that Jesus had to die, its not fair that someone perfect received the death penalty for me and you, its not fair that an innocent man was killed, its not fair that Jesus had to suffer the most excruciate physical, emotional, and spiritual pain so that me and you could have a way back to God.

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 2:36-39

We cant pick and choose when we are called, but we can decide how to respond and take responsibility when the time comes. In responding to Jesus’s call you will be free from the burdens of this world.