Manage episode 325657537 series 2493504
In this beautiful Good Friday message, Pastor Erwin McManus brings a fresh perspective to the power of the cross and the impact it can have on our personal lives.In John chapter 19, the story of Jesus' crucifixion and death is told from the perspective of John-one of Jesus' followers. Similar to Jesus hanging on the cross, Pastor Erwin points out that he is standing in a desert-a place of isolation, danger, and desperation. He says that often when we find ourselves in times of desperation and isolation, peace is the last emotion we decide to access. But John shows us that after Jesus declared "It is finished," he rested his head against the cross.For many of us, the past few years have stolen our peace. We have felt as though we are stuck in a hypothetical desert. But if Jesus could find rest in the midst of the darkest circumstances, surely he can give us the same peace wherever we find ourselves. And though it is tempting to perceive ourselves as victims, Jesus exemplifies what it means to live as a victor-even as he gave up his own life for us.Though Jesus only lived for 33 years, Pastor Erwin highlights that he lived out the fullness of his purpose in those short years. Just as he lived with intention even on the cross, Jesus invites us to live with the same intention. As Pastor Erwin looks over the sunset, he reflects on how a sunset can often look identical to a sunrise. In the same way, we may feel as though we are at the end of our story because of the dire circumstances around us. But just as the cross looked like the end, Jesus showed us that it was the start to a bright future.If you are desperate for peace in the midst of your circumstances, this message will give you the courage you need to reach out for Jesus, follow his lead by giving your life up to him, and choosing victory instead of victimhood.