Carrying The Crosses

I was thinking of a movie this morning I saw long ago, “Holes” but at the end of it, a man had been wrongly sent off to a prison work camp in it on unfair charges- he met this other kid there and through strange plot and turn of events has to carry his friend up a mountain. His friend was too weak to make the climb and so he carried his friend up the mountain. There was some curse through the generations linked back and it was finally put to rest when he carried the friend of his up the slopes. The friend has ancestors (a great grandmother or something who knew the kid who was unfairly sent away- the great grandfather of his, did something that got his family line cursed as a result so their ancestors had that story tying them together. Yer through the story plot the kid who was unfairly sentenced and the other kid ended up in the same prison camp and crossed paths – they became friends: nearing the end of the story the one got sick and needed help so to look for water they were going around the desert when the kid who was their unfairly remembers how the curse was a result of failure to carry the old woman up the mountain, yet her great grandson is the friend he is with and he takes it on himself to fulfill his families end of the bargain that had been broken years earlier. He carried his friend to the top and the generational curse is put to rest.]

However, I think of what Christ does for is, we are under the curse of sin, passesd down from generation to generation and we cannot break free of it!

The Bible talks alot about the “Sins of the forefathers being passed on” and this is what we inherit as a result of sin entering the world from the very beginning.

Well, Jesus before he was crucified was made to carry that heavy roman cross up toward the top of the mount, to the place called “Galgotha” the place of the skull, to be crucified. Bleeding, battered and exhausted, the Son of God carried his cross to atone for the sins that were not his fault or doing. He finally put to rest through his death and resurection from the dead, the curse of sin and power death has over the sinner. He makes it possible through faith in Him to be at peace with God, totally accepted and forgiven. Now why was this so important to Him? If God had no love for sinners he would not have condescended to help them out of their mess. He could have said, “Your not my problem, why should you backslidden rebels be my burden to bear?” But he does not see that way at all—

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:2-3 –

Jesus love- his love for the reprehensible, the unworthy, the broken and helpless. His death was entirely selfless really, he gets less from us in this deal then we do from him. After all even Christians cannot by great obedience, doing good, or all the service we collectively give back after- all of that is not needed to God but he desires our love and loyalty in return, not to complete him- but because he has done more for us then we could ever give back in a thousand lifetimes.

God requires our allegiance to Christ- yet he is not dependent on anything human hands could give him. Yet imagine it this way, like a man who just for some reason of his own, delights in a woman and desires her and wins her heart/ not because he needs her complete him, but he desires to pour his love into her and cherish her, and as a result of her realizing how much he loves her, she is inclined to adore and admire him and be with him.

God designed marriage as an object lesson to demonstrate this hard to grasp spiritual truth. A man may be asked, “Why did you fall in love with your wife and pursue her heart like you did?” He may respond, “I just thought she was the loveliest woman I ever laid eyes on and delighted in her.” Did she earn this? No. Did she have to jump through hoops to catch his eye? No. He set his eyes on her, pursued her and she fell for him I suppose we could say. Her desire to be “Desirable” was met by his hunger to “Pursue”

However, we are not in our sins “Desirable” in our own merit, yet the love of the Lord Jesus still “Desired” because of his nature and love not becomes we made ourselves appealing.

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