A friend sent me this set of illustrations depicting the concept of following Jesus' directive to "carry your cross." I've seen it before, perhaps you have too. The problem that I have with it is that it is wrong. It's hard to see but in the images we see a man carrying his cross. He complains that the cross is too heavy so he whittles it down a couple of times to make his burden lighter. In the end we see that it is the person that dutifully carries the full weight of their cross to the end that is able to cross the gap. The one man's cross is now too short to cross it. The problem is that's bad theology. The Bible tells us that we can't do anything to earn our salvation. We are able to gain access to the Father only by His grace—which is appropriated for us by placing our faith in him. I responded to my friend's e-mail by sending back to him this Bible doodle I drew sometime ago. In the background you see a bridge that the man tried to build himself. In the trash can are the plans for his bridge that he discarded because his efforts are turning into a disaster. With hammer still in hand he contemplates the idea of crossing the bridge of grace already provide for him. I don't a lot of "preaching" on this blog, but it is my recommendation that you cross that bridge for yourself. I did and have never regretted doing so.
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