The Perfect Cross

Read John 19: 17-30 The story of Jesus on the cross.

Then he said to all, "Anyone who wants to follow me must put aside his own desires and conveniences and carry his cross with him every day and keep close to me! Luke 9: 23 (TLB)

Steven Paul Simmons lives in Texas. Sitting in jail, Steven learned to occupy his time with things he normally would not do, such as creative writing and drawing. With his newfound Christian walk, Steven decided to draw a cross as a visual reminder of what Jesus did for him. He is a bit of a perfectionist; and since the jail allows only a pen (no pencils) and paper, the task was more difficult than Steven expected. Rulers are not allowed either, so using the notepad for a straightedge made it hard to measure the lines for exact length and width. Steven also tried to use proper shading to make the wood appear to have age rings and knots, as if it had come from the lumberyard.

But as Steven struggled to draw the perfect cross, he realized that the cross Jesus carried probably wasn't perfect. It might have been weathered, with splits and edges that weren't perfectly straight. After hours of drawing, trying to get all the details perfect, Steven realized there were only two things perfect about Jesus' cross - Jesus himself and the fact that he died for the sins of us all. Thanks to Jesus' willingness to die, God has forgiven Steven's imperfections; and ours too.

Every day, Steven can carry his cross in service to God, accepting God's love and grace. Every day we too can carry our cross in service to God and Jesus, accepting God's love and grace.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving us, especially when we do not feel lovable. Thank you for your forgiveness and grace, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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