The Cross and God’s Love

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday.  The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “enough.” I love spending time with this crew. They bless me beyond words. We’d love to have you join us.  Just hop onto Twitter on Thursday evenings and follow the #fmfparty. Hope to see you there! 

“Where you there when they crucified my Lord….Where you there when they nailed him to a tree…where you there…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.” 

God’s love for us is so wide and so deep that it is enough for God to send God’s son not to condemn the world but in order to save it. 

In the darkness of Good Friday, Jesus is nailed to the cross. Blood dripping from the places where the nails are pierced into his hands and feet. A crown of thorns dug into his scalp. A single tear as he instructs his mother to care for and love his beloved friend. Jesus then breathes his last. The silence pierces the darkness as the crowd watches in amazement. Jesus has been crucified.

We know the rest of the story. We know that on that Easter morning, the women come to the tomb and found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. God had the power to overcome death and the grave. In the resurrection, we cling to the promise that God’s love is enough and as we trust in resurrection hope.

Resurrection hope is something that I find myself grasping to during these final days of Lent. I watch the news and see wars and so much evil unfolding. My eyes turn away from what I see; I can no longer watch. It is beyond enough; too much in fact. And because it is beyond enough, I find myself standing at the foot of the cross crying out; crying out that God’s justice, mercy and peace reign. Crying out that love not hatred has the final word. Crying out because of God’s scandalous love that sent God’ son to die on the cross for each and every one of us. 

So this week, as we journey from Jesus triumphal entry to his last supper to Good Friday to Easter, may we cling to the promise that God’s love is enough as Jesus comes to break all barriers and show us the ultimate power of God’s love. And as Jesus utters those words “it is finished,” may we know that it is finished as Jesus fulfills the prophesy as he lives, dies, and then is resurrected. 

“Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.”

30 thoughts on “The Cross and God’s Love

  1. Beautiful reminder that Christ's sacrifice on the Cross and His resurrection from the grave are more than enough to meet all of our needs. Your "next door neighbor" today on Five Minute Friday.

  2. Great essay, Tara. My feelings about the Cross have always run something like this:

    "It is what it's gotta be. Don't mean nuthin' 'cause it ain't over."

    And so, it's not over. Never has been, since that day.

    And it do mean somethin'. Everything, in fact.

  3. Too much indeed. Your tender heart is so beautiful, Tara.
    And yet, He does not turn away. Not once. Evil would be in the world with or without the cross. I'm grateful that even though evil is in the world, Jesus overcame all of it. Not a tear is shed that He doesn't see. And He promises to use evil and redeem it for His glory.

    We have yet to see. Our vision is so limited. "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world." <3
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#5 this week)

  4. Beautiful words. His love is enough for everything we need! And yet, when we ignore Him, we run to the ends with everything else that is "beyond enough." Thanks for these words, that encourage me to keep praying and holding onto Hope in His enough.

  5. Beautiful thoughts, Tara. Standing with you as we "cling to the promise that God's love is enough" and remember how He has already conquered sin and death's hold on us. This Lenten pathway can seem so long and arduous as we walk with Jesus to the cross, but we have the joy of Easter morning to come! May you hold on to that glorious resurrection hope, my friend. 🙂 xo

  6. "So this week, as we journey from Jesus triumphal entry to his last supper to Good Friday to Easter, may we cling to the promise that God's love is enough as Jesus comes to break all barriers and show us the ultimate power of God's love." A big Amen to that, Tara. Great post! Blessings to you!

  7. He is risen indeed. Thank you for this. I'm going through a challenging time personally, so the depths of Lent and Good Friday are especially meaningful. (and that dark, strange Saturday) So grateful Sunday is coming!

  8. Thankfully, the blood of Christ was enough to pay the debt owed for our sin. His resurrection proved it:) Hallelujah! He is risen. His risen indeed! i'm at #70.

  9. "we cling to the promise that God's love is enough and as we trust in resurrection hope." Thanks for the reminder that what Jesus did long ago was enough. Enough to cover anything at anytime on this Earth.

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