Three Crosses, 2 Decisions, 1 Mission

I was in a worship service this past Tuesday. The background for the worship song was three crosses. As I was looking at the image, I saw the three crosses in a new light as God impressed upon me what they represent.

Later that day, I was led to Luke 23.  God used it to rekindle the passion in my soul to see kids and families experience His love and forgiveness.

  • The man in the middle (Jesus) represents God's offer of forgiveness. He was sinless. ("This man has done nothing wrong..." Luke 23:41)
  • The men on the right and left represent all of mankind. We are sinners. ("Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed..." Luke 23:32) 
  • The two decisions the men made represent the decision that all mankind must make about Jesus. One said "yes" to Jesus' forgiveness...the other said "no" to Jesus' forgiveness. ("One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: 'Aren't you the Messiah? Save Yourself and us!' But the other criminal rebuked him, 'Don't you fear God...Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom'." Luke 23:39-42)
    • The eternal destiny of each person hangs on his/her decision about Jesus. ("Jesus answered him, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise'." Luke 23:43)
    • Our mission is to lift up Jesus to all mankind. When He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself. ("But I, when I am lifted up, will draw everyone to Myself." John 12:32)
    • I can't make the decision for anyone. I can share, pray, and weep for people to say "yes" but it is their decision. I am responsible to kids and parents, but not for them.
    • I must keep my focus on what really matters. At the end of the day, lifting up Jesus to kids and families is what it's all about. It must be my priority. I must not get deterred by anything else. Jesus help my heart to beat in sync with yours. You came to seek and save the lost. I can't save anyone...You've already filled that job. Help me to simply be faithful to lift You up to kids and families.