On A Hill Far Away
Some of you may remember the song, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” It was popular decades ago. In one of its verses, the worshipper sings, “The Cross before me, the world behind me…no turning back.” It is a powerful song of consecration. It reminds us of our decision to stop living for self and to start living for Christ. It enjoins us to keep our eyes on the Cross.
Lately, the Holy Spirit has been emphasizing another important truth about the Cross to me—the fact that the Cross upon which I am to keep my eyes is actually behind me. That’s right! The Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world and it was nearly two-thousand years ago that Jesus was crucified on a hill, far away.
Why is this significant? Because the Cross is where sin’s power is broken and sins are forgiven; where Law ends and Grace begins; where the curse ceases and blessings commence; where demands give way to supply! The Cross is where God overcomes everything for me.
Think about this for a moment. If the Cross is where God overcomes everything for me and the Cross is behind me, then sin and judgment, sickness and poverty, fear and failure are permanently behind me. They were all overcome for me at the Cross.
Now, Child of God, because Jesus overcame every curse for you at the Cross, you do not need to try to overcome them in your strength. All that is required of you is to fix your eyes on the Cross and keep confessing your faith in Jesus’ finished work for you.
So today, when you look at the Cross, it should be like looking in the rear view mirror of a rapidly moving vehicle and seeing, not what is coming your way, but all those curses you have permanently left behind…on a hill, far away!