John 19:25 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.”
Family trips with ten people made for some interesting stories on the road. If you have ever traveled as child with your parents, or as a parent with small children, you have undoubtedly heard these words;
“Are we there yet?”
Patience prevails at the beginning and the explanation received only finds you later hearing once again;
“Are we there yet?”
As the funny stories and anecdotes fill your mind, walk with me if you will on this thought.
Mom and Dad usually knew where they were going and just how long it would take to get there. They also knew what to expect when you arrived, who was there at the destination and had a plan for just how long you would stay. Details that are often unimportant to young ears.
Thought #1: Someone knows the way
Thought #2: Someone has a plan
Thought #3: There is something worthwhile going to see when you get there.
If you are a saved, born-again child of God, you took a trip. Someone knew the way – the way to the foot of the cross. They told you why you needed to take this trip – you were a sinner in need of a Savior. They described why taking this trip was important – without sins paid for by the blood of Jesus, you and I would suffer eternal punishment in a place called Hell. They took the time needed to answer all your questions and by the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the revelation that you had a decision to make, you bowed your heart that day and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you.
Simply, you took a trip to the foot of the cross. You looked up to see Jesus there as He was hung there willingly, lovingly to take on the sins of the world – your sins; my sins – to pay for them with His sacrifice.
When we have been away for a long time, we often forget things. When was the last time you took the time to take a walk to the foot of the cross and revisit your salvation? To look up and see the broken, bloodied body. His face: barely recognizable as Jesus. Taking in the thought – He did this for ME?!
Now, if you tell people on a regular basis about how to trust Christ as Savior, that memory is fresh in your mind. You are telling them something you have experienced; a place you have visited often. You can describe, in detail the things you had to go through to get there and just how wonderful it is.
But it is not just the place that it so important – it’s Who you’ll meet when you get there… And here is the muse for the day:
Do I know personally and intimately the One who saved my soul and can I take others to Him to have the same? Having that vibrant, loving relationship with the Heavenly Father, His Son; Jesus and being attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit in your life can make it very easy to share just what it means to have a relationship with God.
Far too many can speak more intimately of the worldly, the carnal, the earthly than of the single most important relationship a person can have in their lifetime. Knowing takes knees that are accustomed to bending, hearts that are humble, yielded and contrite; a mind set upon scripture that tells of His character, love, comfort, peace, and healing.
Can we, as a child of God, assure one that comes to us that they are loved beyond anything they could ever imagine?
Can we pray with a cancer patient, facing uncertain days, to find peace, comfort and calm for their soul?
Can we be assured that our prayers are in line with the Father’s will – or are we praying for something totally opposite of the will of God?
Can we enter boldly into the throne room of God assured that our petitions are going to be heard?
As a child of God today,
#1 – Someone showed YOU the way.
#2 – Someone shared with YOU God’s plan for your life.
#3 – You and I are commanded by God to tell others by showing them what other showed us.
There are those who cried out in the night last night, “God, would You show me the way?” God is looking for those willing and available to take such a one on a trip to the foot of the cross – Are you there yet?