The Cross Isn’t the Ultimate Focus
Andrew, Peter’s brother and disciple of Jesus, was brought up on charges by the Roman government and told to quit teaching Jesus or face a quick sentence of death by a cross. Here was his answer and the rest of the story.
‘I would not have preached the honor and glory of the cross if I feared the death of the cross.’ He was condemned to be crucified for teaching a new sect and taking away the religion of the Roman gods. Andrew, going toward the place of execution and seeing the cross waiting for him, never changed his expression. Neither did he fail in his speech. His body fainted not, nor did his reason fail him, as often happens to men about to die. He said, ‘Oh cross, most welcome and longed for! With a willing mind, joyfully and desirously, I come to you, being the scholar of Him who did hang on you, because I have always been your lover and yearn to embrace you.’
–Matt Brown, Revolutionaries: Men and Women in Every Century Who Advanced Christianity. Skyline Book Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Too many times we refuse to follow God because of the cross in the way while Andrew saw Jesus beyond the cross and welcomed being returned to Him once again. He preferred to be a martyr because he couldn’t live a lie. Reminds me of the old hymn,
Nearer, my God, to Thee; nearer to Thee
Even though it be a cross that raises me…
If you are a scholar of Him who hung on a cross, you won’t back down when faced with one. You will embrace whatever it takes–not because you enjoy the pain, but because your eyes are fixed on the One on the other side in glory.
What are your thoughts? Does this stir something in you like it does me?
Whispers and Shouts #26.
…a short burst of inspiration of what God is speaking to me, a prayer, a quote, a song, or whatever else.