Too Busy to Notice
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One of the highlights of my life was the opportunity to visit Israel. I tacked it on to a return trip from South Africa. I hired a private guide, and I went by myself to some sites where I could, well like an old song says, "walk where Jesus walked." Now, I have to tell you, no site meant more to me than the place where many believe Jesus was crucified - "Skull Hill" it's called in the Bible. This particular hill lives up to the name with rock formations on the side of it that look very much like the features of a human skull. As I stood atop that hill, imagining the awful scene that first Good Friday, I was distracted by the noise below me at the foot of the hill. It turns out that the municipal bus depot is down there. And there, in the shadow of this holy ground, are these plumes of bus exhaust, the chaos of passengers hurrying to make their connections, and the total busyness of a city coming and going. It's like people are totally oblivious to what Jesus did for them on Skull Hill.
Actually, it was like that when Jesus died on that cross. Skull Hill was on a road that was busy back then, and people probably passed by oblivious to the fact that the only Son of God has was pouring out His life so they wouldn't have to die for their sins. But, then, nothing has really changed.
Our word for today from the Word of God is in Lamentations 1:12 and it asks a haunting question, "Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?" I was walking by a church on North LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago and I suddenly noticed a sculpture just above my head; it portrayed Jesus hanging on the cross. And as I watched the cars zooming by and the pedestrians hurrying past, I was moved by the inscription above Jesus' head, "Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?"
The truth is that many of us are moving at such a fast pace that we become oblivious to what the Son of God did for us on the cross. Even those of us who at one time came to that cross with all our sin and all our guilt to make Christ our personal Savior from all of that junk. Someone listening today has become too preoccupied to tell about what Jesus did when He died for us. Your life has become so taken over with the daily demands of your family, your work, and your church responsibilities, that telling people that Jesus died for them has been crowded right out of your life. You've forgotten the cross and the life-or-death urgency of telling the people around you about it.
Or maybe you've become too preoccupied with your rat race to live in light of Jesus' cross. 1 Peter 2:24 says, "(Christ) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, so that we might die to sins." But you're living as if you've forgotten that. You are tolerating some of the very sins your Savior died to remove. It's time for you to remember His cross and why He died for you.
And most dangerous of all, you may have been so preoccupied that you have never responded to what Jesus did on the cross for you. The Bible asks, "How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?" (Hebrews 2:3). You could miss heaven, not because you rejected Jesus, but just because you neglected Jesus. You just never got around to making your spiritual trip to Skull Hill to have the sins of a lifetime finally forgiven by the Man who died for them - sins erased once and for all. Sins that will keep you out of heaven unless they're forgiven by the only One who can.
If you've never actually begun your personal relationship with Jesus, and if you want that to change today, would you tell Him that right now? And I'd invite you to come to our website. It's called YoursForLife.net. I think you'll find there a very simple, non-religious explanation of how to begin your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Or you could just call toll free actually, for my little booklet called Yours For Life. The number is 877-741-1200. It's easy to run right past Jesus and right past His sacrifice for you, but it can cost you everything.
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