6/19/2018 The Beauty of the Cross

The cross is a place of torment and unimaginable pain, ugly and agonizing. The beauty of the cross is not the cross itself. I take no delight in your suffering any more than I delight in My own. The beauty of the cross is that it bears the marks of your suffering and acts as a witness to your pain, yet you gloriously stand in My resurrection power an overcomer!  Beauty comes when resurrection life reverberates in and through you – when your triumph is assured making your sufferings glow in the aftershocks of sacrifice. Just as My cross has become a symbol of My victory, so your cross can become the symbol of your own. Without the cross, there is no resurrection. Without the resurrection, there is no hope. To take up your cross and follow Me is to be led to the place where death and life collide, and resurrection life not only revives but makes all things new for you.  Matt. 16:24-25, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’” Phil. 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” NKJV

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