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2018 04p1Jesus carried the weight of the world on his shoulders- once- and for all, so that we do not have to. Standing at the foot of the cross, repentant and empty handed, we are given our freedom through the death and resurrection of the Saviour.

He took upon himself, in the agony of the cross, every burden of mankind; every sin; every tear; every pain; every suffering known to man; every load that we often insist on carrying for ourselves- so that we could be free…how amazing is this!

Yet how often do I deliberately turn away from God’s glorious offer of freedom and insist on carrying the weight of worry and the burdens that others try to pass on, without coming to the cross and laying there all that weighs me down? How often do I see my burdens as a responsibility; something to bear stoically, as a mark of courage; a badge of honour, as a soldier on manoeuvres carries the crippling heavy weight of his kitbag? And how often do I often come to the foot of the cross, spent and exhausted with the weight of all I carry- unable to go on?

I wonder, what heavy burdens are you carrying that seem to weigh you down?
Perhaps, like me, you need to hear these words again this Easter…

Jesus says… “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

This month, as I have created this piece of artwork, I have had in my head two songs.

“Ashes to Beauty” by Katheryn Scott

“At the foot of the cross
Where grace and suffering meet…
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross…Where I am made complete…”

lyrics by Katheryn Scott

and “At the Foot of the Cross” by Tré Sheppard

I would commend you to listen to these beautiful songs if you have time, for they both urge us to do 3 things:

To Come….

In the complicated, busy lives we lead, Jesus asks us to simply come to him. That is all.

To Surrender…

We are to lay down our burdens and trust that he will take the weight of them from us.

To Receive…

At the foot of the cross, in exchange for our presence & our laying down all we hold, we encounter the God of the Universe, through the gift of His Son, Jesus and we are offered the immeasurable gift of forgiveness and freedom and healing.

So I wonder… what difference would it make to my life if I came daily to the cross- to surrender my heavy burdens and receive from the King of Kings?

Is there anything else I can do this Easter…but kneel in quiet wonder?

2018 04p2About the Artwork

The piece depicts the cross at the centre, in acknowledgement of the gift of God through Jesus who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders- once- and for all, so that we do not have to. The tears are those of the world – representing the pain of humanity as a result of the worlds wrongdoing- hunger, famine, pain, war, violence… When Jesus died, the temple curtain was split in two to indicate a new order. This is shown in the picture- the light of God, breaking through the pain and misery of mankind. The rocks and stones at the foot of the cross portray our burdens, surrendered to the One who longs for each of us to come to Jesus with our hands open, ready to receive forgiveness and healing from God our Heavenly Father. The two crystals are the tears of the Father and the Spirit.

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