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February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14

In recent years I have had the privilege to do some traveling especially when it involved going overseas.  But with that comes the arduous task of packing for the trip, which I find very nerve racking… In fact anything involving luggage puts me in a bit of a dither.

First comes deciding what to pack, did I pack everything I need? Did I pack too much, or too little? What’s the weather going to be like, do I need to pack a jacket, or a swimming suit? For the most part I generally over-pack and second guess myself every step of the way.

And then comes the adventure with the luggage at the airport… the inspections, the weighing, the wondering if my suit case is over the weight limit and are we going to meet up at the same destination at the end of the flight?

But the most nerve racking is waiting for my bag to appear on the carousel at the end of the flight. The longer I have to wait the more concerned I become that my luggage may have gotten lost…but then it tumbles down the ramp and we reunite and all is well.

Over packing and lost baggage are two major concerns when it comes to traveling, except if our destination is to the Cross of Jesus Christ.

During the Lenten season as we reflect on the passion of Christ and the journey He took to the cross, we realize when he struggled up the hill called Calvary He was carrying all our baggage with Him. Our baggage includes all our sins, our hang-ups, our fears and much more, and when it is given to Jesus on the cross… it is lost to us. It will never tumble down the carousel into our possession ever again.

So when it comes to packing for the cross, we need to make sure we over-pack, and we can expect for all our baggage to be lost forever… and that’s a good thing.


Pastor Joel


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