Lead me, this Good Friday, to the Cross

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For forty-plus years, I’d heard the Scripture.

I’ve seen movie portrayals of the Passion of Jesus, but several years ago it became real in a way that I neither anticipated nor prepared for.

I sat in a meeting and we discussed how powerful it would be to have a cross made that was as close to the one Jesus would have been crucified on.

“Can you do it?”

“I think so.”

We researched the facts and that is what they were, mere facts. Facts about the execution tool used by the Romans in the time of Jesus. We studied the dimensions and I set out to replicate the cross.

Replicate the cross that my Savior was hung upon.

It was simply a project, until the transformation of plain railroad ties began.

The staining, the weathering.

The distressing of the wood.  The distressing from being dropped and dragged.

The deep imprints from the pounding of nails.

The addition of red paint where the stains of blood would have been.

It became real.  In all of its gruesomeness and brutality, it became beautiful.

When the cross was assembled in the sanctuary it all came so overwhelmingly close. The reality of Jesus broken for me.

Jesus broken so that my sins would be forgiven. Standing in front of this rugged cross I had a intimacy with the Lord that I had never had before. I sat with Him in the upper room, prayed with Him in the Garden of Gesthemene. I stood there with Him the day Pilate authorized His death. I walked alongside Him as He carried that cross.  I watched Him suffer and die for me.

I sat in stillness.

The reality of my sins overwhelmed me. You see it was my pride, my selfishness, my idolatry and greed that Jesus died for. Mine. And because of His love, His blood, His sacrifice on that executioner’s cross, I live redeemed. We live redeemed.

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.

The executioner’s cross became the symbol of joy and grace that defines my life.

Thank you Jesus is painfully inadequate and it must be my life that reflects just how grateful this simple soul is for that cross.

Words fail me, this life cannot.

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As we pause and reflect this Good Friday, we are powerfully reminded that the cry on the cross, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” was a cry that was ours to cry.  One that Jesus cried for us.

A cry out to the Holy God that tore the curtain in two.

Torn for you and for me.

Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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6 Comments

  1. What an experience. Thank you, my dear, dear friend, for reminding us of all He did for us. Beautiful.

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  2. It boggles my mind to realize Jesus did that for me.
    Our church Easter musical has a powerful crucifixion scene and even though I’ve seen it many times through practices and all, it gets me every time. Jesus came for THAT purpose. What a Savior…

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  3. Thank You Jesus.

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  4. Love this Lori. Beautiful. Love your heart for our Lord and your authenticity.
    Thank you for leading us to The Cross.

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  5. Brilliantly put.

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  6. Beautiful – thanks for sharing.

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