Close your eyes and picture that rugged, jagged, rough cross. Picture the broken, bruised, bloodied body of Jesus as He hangs in agony.
Let the reality of those dark hours invade your mind.
This isn't a guilt trip.
It is, in fact, quite the opposite.
On that cross He carried our guilt. He carried the heavy burden of our wrongdoings. He hung on the cross naked in shame; yet this act provided the way for us to live without shame.
It seems foolish, really, to the natural mind: His shame paving the way for our restoration. His blood providing our only hope of salvation.
It is a haunting, beautiful mystery. Such a seemingly foolish exchange. His life for mine. His perfect heart given in exchange for my pitiful state, my corrupt mind, my perverted nature.
Picture that jagged cross once more, see Jesus laying His life down for you.
It's not a guilt trip.
It is more fascinating and wonderful than any other act in all of history.
He bled; not to condemn the guilty, not to shame the impure, not to accuse the failures.
He bled for freedom. He bled for restoration. He bled so you might know Him, and intimately, at that. He bled for your future.
He bled for love.
He bled for you.
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