Pastor’s Ponderings: The Cross

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Pastor Jim submitted the following devotional on March 27, 2015…

 

Greetings Friends:

PLEASE READ: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”


 

Crucifixion _Evgraf_Semenovich_SorokinOur journey through Lent is bringing us ever closer to the cross of Jesus. A question I have been pondering during Lent is how many people today do not take the cross of Christ seriously? My prayer through our Lenten sermon series and Tuesday Bible studies is that we would recognize and experience the “power” of the cross which is real even today.

It has been my prayer as we continue our journey through Lent that we would be drawn to consider it once again and that we would be compelled to live a life committed to the Lord. Below is a powerful story which shows the “power of the cross” in our everyday lives. I pray we all will be blessed.

In 1967 a young man named Charles Murray was training at the University of Cincinnati for the Summer Olympics of 1968 as a high diver. A Christian friend spent hours sharing the Gospel with him. Charles was not raised in a Christian home, so the story of Jesus fascinated him. He even began to ask questions about forgiveness of sin.

One day his Christian friend asked if he was ready to trust Christ as his own Savior. His reply was a definite “No.”

 

Because he was training for the Olympic games, Charles had special privileges at the university pool facilities. Some time between 10:30 and 11:00 that evening he decided to go swim and practice a few dives. It was a clear night in October and the moon was big and bright. The university pool was housed under a ceiling of glass panes so the moon shone bright across the top of the wall in the pool area. Charles climbed to the highest platform to take his first dive.

Full Moon _IMG_0671At that moment the Spirit of God began to convict him of his sin. All the Scripture he had read flooded his mind. He stood on the platform backwards to make his dive, spread his arms to gather his balance, looked up to the wall, and saw his own shadow caused by the light of the moon. It was the shape of a cross. He could bear the burden of his sin no longer. His heart broke and he sat down on the platform and asked God to forgive him and save him. He trusted Jesus Christ 20 feet in the air on a diving platform.

Suddenly, the lights came on in the pool room as the attendant had come in to check the pool. As Charles looked down from his platform he saw an empty pool that had been drained for repairs. He had almost plummeted to his death, but the cross had stopped him from disaster.


Friends, it all adds up, the cross has not lost it’s power nor it’s ability save. Both for eternity and for our lives now.

Shalom,

Pastor Jim

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