Summary: Jesus’ journey to the cross began long before even his birth.
Journey to the Cross
It’s become fashionable these days to wear crosses, not necessarily as a sign of faith, but as a
trendy accessory. Crosses are hip now. An encounter at a department store jewelry counter.
Customer is interested in buying a cross, to which the sales clerk replies : "Do you want a plain
one, or one with the little man on it?"
Conversation about whether or not a Christian should wear a cross. Reasoning that since the
cross was the way Jesus was executed, totally inappropriate for someone who claimed to be a
Christian to wear one. If your brother was killed in a drive-by shooting, you wouldn’t wear a
silver assault rifle. If one of your friends had been lynched you wouldn’t wear a gold noose.Difference is, those were unwilling victims. Jesus had his eyes fixed on the end of His journey. He was no victim.
Parents of a ten year old public school boy, failing fifth grade math decided to enroll him in
private Catholic school after trying other options. Son came home the first day of school, walked
right past them, went straight to room, locked the door. 2 hrs. later, emerged for quick meal,
went straight back to studies until bedtime. Pattern continued until end of the first quarter.
Came home with report card, gave it to parents, and went straight to his room. Cautiously
opened it, saw bright red "A" under the subject, MATH, and rushed excitedly into their son’s
" Nuns?" dad asked. "No." “One-on-one tutoring? mentoring?" asked mom. Again, "No."
"textbooks? teacher? curriculum?" asked dad. "No, no, no." Son finally spoke. "From the very
first day of school, I knew that these folks were serious about math. When I walked into the
lobby, and I saw a guy nailed to the PLUS sign, I knew they meant business!"
Jesus carried the cross from the city to its outskirts, a safe estimate of the march would be about
a mile. It was the longest mile, a terrible experience for Jesus to endure. His disciples had
abandoned him, his mother was watching with pain in her heart, and his enemies, skeptics, and
the religious leaders ridiculed and mocked him.
Jesus’ death was not an accident, not a victim but a sacrifice to save and to reconcile us to God.
He said, "I come that they might have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The
good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Jesus was betrayed, but controlled his own
death. While Simon was forced by the soldiers to carry the cross in the first three gospels, Jesus
needed no prodding. And in the end, Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirit. He said, “I lay
down my life-only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own
accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again."
Gen. 3 - And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your
offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Rom. 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
(Isaiah written @ 700 B.C.)
Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar