the calvary cross

  • When you feel alone, unwanted, or unlovable, please remember that the way this world treats you and makes you feel is far from truth. Jesus sees you and claims you as His own. He sees the parts that you hate about yourself and still chooses you everyday. Our God created you so He could love you every moment. You're so much more.
Honour Thy Parents

Dear Reader

Perhaps you’ve been hurt by your parents
Or perhaps you feel that they’ve failed you in some way or the other.
Might I encourage you to honour them… regardless?
Honour them, not because by some miracle they’ve managed to live up to your expectations.
Honour them, not because you somehow deem them to be worthy of your respect.
Instead, I encourage you to honour them because God’s word instructs you to do so.
Honour them because in doing so, you ultimately honour your Father in Heaven.
You see, dear reader, when you and I honour our parents
It’s not so that we might inflict guilt upon them
Or somehow display our supposed moral superiority,
But rather that we might reflect the grace, love and mercy that was lavished upon us at the cross of Calvary.
When you and I honour our parents we essentially reflect Christ and him crucified.
[Exodus 20:12 • Ephesians 6:2-3]

Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether. It does not hate tragedy. It never denies reality. It stands in the very teeth of suffering. The love of God did not protect His own Son. The cross was the proof of His love- that He gave that Son, that he let Him go to Calvary’s cross, though “legions of angels” might have rescued Him. He will not necessarily protect us- not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.
—  Elisabeth Elliot

The medieval knight found below the construction site has been dated to the 13th Century. A sandstone slab with carvings of an ornate sword and Calvary Cross marked the grave and was discovered next to the skeleton of the medieval knight.

According to the BBC, the site where the skeleton was exhumed is already known to be the location of an 18th Century high school, a 16th Century high school and a 13th Century Blackfriars Monastery. Along with the skeleton of the medieval knight and the sandstone grave, archaeologists found evidence of a 13th century monastery, believed to be the Blackfriars Monastery. The monastery was established in 1230 by Alexander II, who ruled Scotland from 1214 to 1249. It was destroyed in 1558 during the Reformation, a period of intense warfare in Europe when early Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic Church.

The City of Edinburgh council culture convener Richard Lewis had this to sayto the BBC regarding the discovery of the medieval knight:

“This find has the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in the city for many years, providing us with yet more clues as to what life was like in Medieval Edinburgh.”

The medieval knight’s skeleton and teeth will be analyzed to determine where he was born, what he ate, where he lived and how he died, the Scotsman reports. In the same excavation site that the medieval knight was discovered, archaeologist have  also found several more human remains, including those of children. Archaeologist believe the burials to be Christian ones, based on the skeletons having been laid in an east-west position, which is typical of Christian burials, the Scotsman notes.

After the excavation is complete, the parking lot will become the rainwater-collecting tank for the University of Edinburgh’s new Edinburgh Center for Carbon Innovation.

The excavation in Scotland follows news in February that archaeologists in England uncovered the remains of what later were identified as those of King Richard III. Scientists were able to match mitochondrial DNA extracted from the bones of King Richard III to a Canadian cabinetmaker named Michael Ibsen, who is a direct descendant of the king’s sister, Anne of York. They also matched the DNA to a second distant relative who wants to remain anonymous, CNN reported.

Photos of the medieval knight found in Scotland can be seen here.

I have no idea if someone made a post of this already but

borrowed this pic from here [x]

Crown on thorns is an allegory for Jesus’ suffering. Pontius Pilate’s soldiers placed it on Jesus’ head to mock him for being the king of the Jews (and to cause pain). This happened in the Good Friday, when Jesus was carrying his cross to Calvary, where he died.

If someone has anything to add here, please do.
And I hope you can bear with my bad English, ehh

Imagine the scene at the Cross. Soldiers huddled in a circle, dice-throwing—casting lots for the possessions of Christ. Common soldiers witnessing the world’s most uncommon event. To them He is just another criminal; the Cross is forgotten. It makes me think of us. The religious. Those who claim heritage at the Cross. All of us. The strict…the loose…the simple…Spirit-filled…evangelical. All of us! We’re not so unlike these soldiers. We too, play games at the foot of the Cross. We compete for members. We scramble for status. Competition. Selfishness. Personal gain. It’s all there. We major in the trivial, we split into little huddles. Another name. Another doctrine. So close to the Cross but so far from the Christ. ‘May they all be one,’ Jesus prayed. One. Not one in groups of two thousand. One church. One faith. One Lord. No hierarchies. No traditions. Just Christ.
—  Max Lucado
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I LISTEN TO THIS ON SUCH A GORGEOUS DAY AND I WANT TO BE BACK ON ROUTE 18 IN A PONTIAC AT SUNSET EFF THIS CITY

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16

There is no love on earth that could ever surpass God’s love for us. He sacrificed His own Son for the forgiveness of sins of the people who turned their backs on Him, who desecrated His Sabbaths, who never kept His statutes and commandments. Yes, we gravely sinned against Him and we cannot understand His ways but because He is Sovereign, He is loving and merciful, He is God and He is good, He did that for you and for me.

Jesus who knew no sin came to the world to be the ultimate sacrifice for the atonement of our sins. No other person on earth could take His part, only Jesus, only Him. Everyone else had fallen short of God’s glory that is why He willingly sacrificed Himself and surrendered to God’s will. That is vast LOVE for LOVE can do many great things!

Because of what the Lamb of God has done on the Cross, we were given the rights to be called worthy and the rights to be called children of God. He made a way when there seems to be no way. He was the way for us to be reconciled with God. Thank You Father for Your mercy and Your grace. Thank You Lord Jesus for what You have done for me. Thank You for the gift of salvation. I will forever be grateful to You and I will forever acknowledge You as my personal Lord and Savior. I love You Lord Jesus!

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Richard & Linda Thompson - The Calvary Cross

I implore everyone to take an hour and listen to the entirety of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight and tell me it isn’t the best piece of recorded music you’ve ever heard.

I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
All that Father does is motivated by His everlasting love for us. A love that is perpetual, unending, and eternal. He has drawn us with a loving-kindness that will never run out.
This is the Love that was demonstrated by Jesus on the cross of Calvary. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. God loved us so much, Paul says, “ He spared not His own Son” (Romans 8:32)
Father, I thank You for loving me with a love that will never run out or dry up. May Your loving-kindness seep into every area of my being…spirit, soul and body. I want to experience Your love in a deeper way than I have ever experienced before. I pray that my heart may be rooted and established in Your love, and that I might have power to grasp how wide and how long and how high and how deep is your love for me expressed in the person of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In the name of Your Son, Jesus I pray, AMEN.