It’s presence, looming heavy in the room, speaks to the severe mercy it represents and the Man says we’ll leave that cross there for 3 full days. I think three days is a long time to have a seven foot cross in the front room and I told him so.
“It’s in the way,” I said. “We won’t have room for everyone on Sunday if we leave it right there in front of the windows.”
But he answered in his slow way, the way that says his heart knows something my heart is too hurried to comprehend and so I choose to trust him because he is good and true.
“It’s supposed to be in the way,” he said. “That cross is meant to be so offensive and so audacious and so in your face you can’t help but see Jesus and fall at His feet. I want it to be the only thing we see until Sunday.”
This morning, I drink coffee under the shadow of that cross while the Man sits across from me in his corner of the room.
I ask him what’s on his mind.
He grins at me, the shadow of the cross lengthening across the floor and he says nothing for a good long while.
“Just thinking through Sunday,” he says.
“I think we should move the cross to the front yard,” I say. “Maybe do the whole service out there. I think the neighbors will come if they hear you on guitar.” I’m teasing and he knows it.
“Maybe,” he says as he rises to refill his mug. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
But in my mind I’ve already flung open the doors and potted flowers for every table in the front yard and imagined resurrection Sunday as a neighborhood party,
That cross pointing straight to Jesus, turning our whole community upside down.
As we move through the weekend, may we remember that at the Last Supper, Jesus gave a new commandment:
That you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34
Our testimony of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection hinges on this simple commandment.
We must love our neighbors as Jesus has loved us.
And if you have a minute, I encourage you to swing by here and here to read two stories of two women who are choosing to love their neighbors in tangible ways. Both ladies linked up last month and I loved both their stories, I just simply failed to remember that today was the day I was supposed to guest post one of their posts! So I’m sending you to their patch of internet real estate to give you a full picture of how they love well.