A Crisis, The Cross and A Crossroads
Jesus said in John 16:33 that in this world, we will have tribulation/trouble. Trials and adversity are common to all and excludes none. A crisis could be defined as extreme, prolonged and unresolvable trouble. It doesn’t take a bright mind to recognize that we.... all of us, in this country and around the world are in a severe crisis. The U.S. Mint cannot print enough money to stop this crisis... and the Pentagon cannot marshal enough troops to drive back COVID-19.
God’s Word is replete with detailed descriptions of the many times of crisis that God’s people experienced. At the Red Sea, the Israelites were threatened by the Egyptian army. In route to the Promised Land, the Israelites ran out of water and food. Old Testament prophets experienced great persecution. On one occasion in Jesus’ ministry, thousands had gathered to hear Him. As the day wore on, the people became hungry but, there was no food. Jesus took five loaves and two fishes and fed five-thousand hungry people. Without exception, in every crisis the Israelites faced, God met the need.
Perhaps you and your family are in a critical crisis at this very moment. More bills than money, loss of job, a broken relationship, a severe sickness, an addiction; regardless of the crisis, God is able to meet the need. Somewhere in your crisis, you will find Christ. His grace is greater than our grief, His mercy exceeds our mistakes and His supply exceeds our need.
Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus”. Sin separates man from God. Sin always creates a critical crisis. God’s response to the sin crisis is Christ and the Cross. A sinless Savior died on the Cross for sinful man: “But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus shed His life blood as payment for our sin. When we place our trust in Jesus and what He did on the cross, as payment for our sin, the sin crisis is settled in our life: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21). Regardless of the crisis… the Cross of Calvary is your answer. Affliction or addiction, pornography or pills, virus or vice, divorce or debt… you will find the answer in Christ and all He did on Calvary’s Cross.
Both, A Crisis and The Cross create a Crossroads for every person regardless of status, station, profession or position. The current crisis creates a crossroads for every person. If our relationship with God has been casual…it is time for an unwavering commitment. The Cross forces every man, woman, boy and girl to either say “YES” or “NO” to God… our answer makes an eternal difference. This very moment, the Holy Spirit is drawing all of us to move closer to God... indeed it is a critical crossroads…what will your answer be?