The Cross, a Sign of Hope?

Just when we can’t seem to take any more bad news–people protesting about this or that, ISIS groups killing people–Good Friday comes.  All of the bad things in our world, the broken promises by politicians, poverty, sin, hate and destruction, is offered up on the cross and defeated. The cross, which seems like a sign of contradiction, becomes our symbol of hope. Sin, death, and Satan will not ultimately win because of the cross. This messed up world is not the end because the victory of Christ’s love triumphs over everything else. The cross is our greatest hope.

I got some artwork from a friend a number of years ago stating that when I asked Jesus how much He loves me, He says “this much,” and then He spread His arms and died for me!

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

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Psalm 139:16 NRSV

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
    all the days that were formed for me,
    when none of them as yet existed.

Imagine God thinking of us as part of His plan before we were born. Amazing, isn’t it? He could have created whoever He wanted, but He created us! He knew all our flaws and weaknesses, and He created us anyway. Wow.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

The gift of love

[ The Gift of Love ] If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NRSV