A simple walk along a beach
Noticing a pile of rubbish as we walked by
Suddenly it formed a familiar shape:
The eye wandered further:
A cross and thorns
Images that evoke memories,
Remind of healing and wholeness
Appearing out of apparent rubbish and chaos.
A smile as God seems to speak a metaphor:
Healing and redemption out of apparent disorder,
Hope in strange places,
Holiness and the presence of God
Where if we only glance we just see a messed up world.
This cross offers hope and salvation, not by itself, but because of the lifebelt that hangs upon it. The lifebelt must also be taken hold of in faith if it is to save anyone.
The cross of Christ offers hope and salvation. The cross itself is merely a cross of wood – the person who hung upon it is the source of our salvation. He is able to save each and every one of us from drowning in our sin and from an eternity separated from God. Yet, if we don’t grab hold of Jesus in faith we don’t benefit from this salvation. If we don’t offer him to others, how can they benefit and be rescued?
Perhaps spend some time today meditating on the salvation and healing that Jesus has brought by hanging on a cross. Think of the freedom, the liberation from rebellion against God, the renewal of relationship, the remaking of creation. Are we clinging on to our “lifebelt”? Are we offering him to others?