Week 13 – The Cross
I pray you all are experiencing a wonderful Holy Week. Holy Week is a time for reflection and aligning our hearts with the Lord. Forgive me but I remember the story of a first grade teacher that made me chuckle-
The teacher of first graders in a Lutheran school took great pains to explain the special significance of Holy Week.
She talked about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. After finishing her very thorough explanation, she invited the children to ask questions. One curious boy spoke for everyone when he asked, “What happens if you don’t want to be holy ALL week?”
Holy Week is the time when Jesus was holy ALL week. This morning as I drove the 2 minutes to my office, I looked up and saw our prayer chapel. The cross is so beautiful in the morning mist. It reminded me of the sacrifice that Jesus made.
The cross has been called by some theologians as the “sole authorized symbol of the Christian faith.” I see that proven at Windermere. We have weeks where over 1,000 campers are present. I literally see every camper with the symbol of the cross somewhere on them.
What God did on the cross, he did to see lives changed. Reconciliation is a great way to describe what God did on the cross. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says this, “God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ.” Windermere is humbled and proud that over the years we continue to see about 1,000 professions of faith every year on our campus.
Every time I look at the cross at the prayer chapel, I thank God for what the cross means.
During this Holy Week, we all need to reflect on the cross. Yes, it is an instrument of death that God used to reconcile humanity with Him. But this instrument of death has now become a throne!
Menelik II was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 until 1913. News of a successful new means of dispatching criminals reached him. The news was about a device known as the electric chair. The emperor eagerly ordered one for his country. Unfortunately, no one bothered to tell the emperor that it would
never work because Ethiopia had no electricity. Menelik was determined that this new purchase should not go to waste. So what did he do? He converted the electric chair to a throne.
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It is always a pretty day at the lake.