Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

From Good Morning, Lord by Sheila Walsh

Today I will keep my eyes on the cross, a picture of Jesus’ love for me.

It changed my perception of the Cross. I’m talking about the question “Do you know how much Jesus loves you?” and the answer “This much,” an answer illustrated with arms outstretched just as our Savior’s were when he was hanging on the cross. His nail-scarred hands, stretched volun­tarily across the rough wood and held there by iron pegs that pierced his flesh and made him bleed, speak volumes of Jesus’ amazing love . . . for you.

Life’s bumpy road, however, can have any one of us doubting God’s love and fearing what the next day or week or month will hold. I don’t know what kind of past you are dealing with or what fears have resulted from your jour­ney through life. But I do know this: God is love, and his love is far bigger than any past circumstances, current fear, or worry about the future that can try to distract you and keep you from focusing on him. “Let us,” as the author of Hebrews says, “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:2 NIV).

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