This photo says it all. Jesus carrying the burden of the cross on which He was about to be crucified...alone...deserted by all but one of His disciples (John was the only one who remained, from a distance.) However, what did this cross represent? The burden of this cross was you and me and our imperfections. He knew that nothing we could possibly ever do would be good enough to gain us access to His Perfect Father, so He, as a man who had never sinned, offered Himself a...s a Perfect unblemished sacrificial lamb on our behalf. He lived on earth as a man, just like each one of us, yet did not sin. He was the only one Qualified to be sacrificed in our stead...a Perfect Sacrifice shed His blood for us and that blood was accepted by the Father...not just for one Passover, but once and for all time, never to have to be done again...because He was a Perfect, unmarred by sin, man representing every one of us. And when He was about to take His last breath, He said, "It is Finished!" because the sacrifice was complete and the New Covenant was established on our behalf and New LIfe was made available to all mankind, no matter what we have ever done in our lives. Accept His Sacrifice on your behalf and you now have unlimitied access to the Father...forever! Now that is LOVE!!!!!!!ere to edit.
Judith Utman is the author of Voices in the Wilderness.