Readings: Isaiah 53:1-6, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Mark 8:31-37
Freedom in the Cross
Do you feel free? Sometimes health issues or circumstances can make us feel trapped and burdened. Sometimes worry and anxiety spin our minds in circles and we feel we can't get free. We can be weighed down by the cross we carry. This week’s sermon is the message of the cross, with the hard truth that we need to take up our cross and follow Jesus (Mark 8:34-37). If we drag the cross along our own path, it’s too painful to endure, but when we take it up and follow the One who endured the cross for us, it can be liberating. Following Jesus can be full of surprise and delight, joy and peace, love and compassion. There’s such great freedom in His love. Do you feel it, know it, live in it? Sometimes, we hear the voice of a loved one or read just the right Scripture verse or hear the perfect song on the radio, and Christ calls out - Remember I set you free! I’m with you! I love you with an everlasting love! The Lord offers a spiritual freedom that can't be bound and can't be taken away. As we celebrate the wonderful freedom we have in America, remember to celebrate the ultimate freedom we have in Christ. Thank You, Lord, for helping us with the cross we carry, and freeing us to love and serve with You.