Continuously Living in the Shadow of the Cross.
The message of the Cross is still as powerful and compelling as it has ever been. It was an instrument of torturous death – capital punishment – and an inhumane way to die. One died bleeding and exposed to the elements, an object of ridicule. Jesus, our sinless Lamb, endured the Cross to take our sin upon Himself. Peter invites us to live differently in the shadow of the Cross. There were only a few faithful folk in the shadow of the Cross that Friday afternoon: The disciple John, Mary, Jesus’ mother and a few other women. All the other disciples deserted Him, hiding in the shadows. The crowds that lined the shores in Galilee were nowhere to be found. Peter stood in the shadow of confusion, of denial, of fear, instead of the shadow of the Cross.
What does it mean to live in the shadow of the Cross instead of the shadow of fear?
- THE CROSS CALLS US TO SELF-DENIAL: v18
He gave Himself, not silver or gold, for us. We can no longer be the centre of our lives. Faith that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.
- THE CROSS CALLS US TO REALIZE THE VALUE OF OUR SOULS: v18 -19
It cost Christ His life to redeem us. He values our souls more than the entire world. The world system is committed to placing value on at least four major things: fame, fortune, power, pleasure. Abusing our sphere of influence, maintaining control over others and manipulating them to do something for our own benefit typifies the worldly mind-set.
- THE CROSS CALLS US TO STAND WITH CHRIST: v19
We must NOT stand on the side of the world, its system, and its values. Peter, humiliated by his failure to stand by Jesus now says, “Will you stand with me at the foot of the Cross or will you be on the outside looking in?” Living in the shadow of the Cross means a changed life, a changed mind-set, changed actions. People of God, are you ready to come out of the shadows where Peter used to stand? Are you ready to say, “Count me in.”? I will put aside my own arrogance, my agenda, my plans and I will stand with Christ. Will you stand with Him?