On Saturday evening I had the chance to go to Nottingham’s annual “Goose Fair”. I had never been to a fair before much less one of that size, and I must admit that at times I found myself slightly overwhelmed.
Countless attractions flashed on every side of me. The smell of cotton candy, churros, and excitement filled the atmosphere dense with people.
After walking around and enjoying the grandeur of it all, my friends and I decided it was time to head on back to the apartment. We were all pretty tired and felt that we had seen all that we could.
As we were heading back, we came across a seemingly insignificant stand. There were two bars (like a single monkey bar), one being slightly taller than the other. For 3 pounds, each person was given the chance to win 20 pounds. Seems like a pretty good deal, huh?
The catch was, however, that you had to hold onto the bar for two minutes straight, and the bar could move at any given time to try and throw you off.
We stood there and watched in amusement as several different people of all ages tried to complete the challenge. The boy who held on the longest gave in at 1:13, still a hefty 47 seconds from the end.
Watching the various men struggle to hold themselves up on the bar for a meager two minutes really got me thinking.
Christ endured the suffocating, exhausting exercise that these men had but to an even worse extent.
He hung on that cross, striving with all He had to hold Himself up. And do you know what prize drove Jesus to stay fastened to that cross even when He felt that God had forsaken Him?
Us. We were the reason. We were the prize.
Christ treasured us enough to hang on a miserable cross for hours and die the death of a criminal just because He wanted to give us the chance to enter into a relationship with Him.
This beautiful, incomprehensible truth smacked me like a ton of bricks, and my heart could barely contain the pure thankfulness I felt. Jesus did not have to stay on the cross. At any moment He could have returned to His heavenly dwelling place.
But He stayed, he suffered the grizzly pain for us.
If you do not know Jesus Christ today, or even if you do, let the power of His grace overwhelm your heart and flood your mind. The cares of this world dwindle under the might of His love. He doesn’t need you, but He wants you.
Romans 5:6-9 “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”