Topic: John 19:30
One Easter Sunday service, my friend was intrigued with the large wooden cross covered in red squares of paper standing beside the altar. I explained how on Good Friday service our pastor had spoken about Jesus' last words from the cross: It is finished.
"What did Jesus finish for you?" he had asked his congregation. "On the red square inside your bulletin, write out what Jesus finished for you personally, then come to the front and pin your paper to the cross," he had said pointing to a rough wooden cross sprawled across the steps to the altar.
"What did you write?" my friend asked.
She looked puzzled.
"For most of my life I've felt like no matter how hard I try, I'm not measuring up," I said. "I think it had something to do with being the oldest in the family."
"I'm not clear about the meaning of condemnation," she said. "Does it mean something like a curse?"
Startled, I looked into my friend's earnest face. I hadn't thought of it like that before, but yes, feelings of inferiority had trailed me all my life. This sense of failure is like a burden of guilt that keeps you from moving ahead. It keeps you from believing in yourself. It prevents you from realizing God's best for you.
"And did it help-- going to the front?"
I nodded. "It was like driving a truth home to myself," I said. "The fact that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Now when self doubt raises it's ugly head, I will silence my fears with, "Never mind, Jesus put an end to that. God believes in me. He has called me by name and in Christ I'm a new creation. With Christ's life flowing through me, I can do it.'"
What would you put on the red square of paper?