That cross is the same cross all Christians come to. It is the same Jesus, the same crucifixion for the same reasons, it is the same promise of compassion and Mercy and redemption, it is the same call for repentance and belief and faith.
None of us know what this will look like for anyone there at the cross.
We have been promised that the heart will be searched and the condition of that heart will be the basis of Salvation.
Not your Holiness, nor sinlessness, not your righteousness, not your goodness nor understanding – the condition of your heart and your Obedience to the two Great commands.
None of us know the others journey. We don’t know the sacrifices, we don’t know the turns, we don’t know the reasons, the intentions, the forces overcome – or the corruption and falsities of those who will seem destined on the outside but inside are full of their own righteousness, blind to the struggle of those around them, convinced that they have done enough to same their own skin, certain that their check marks are approved.
Many will be there trying to buy that offer with works and thesis – only a few with contriteness and all they have.
Knowing the condition of my own soul and the terrible fate that is separation from God, I cannot even pronounce condemnation over a murder.
I pronounce only that Jesus promises Salvation to those who come to him.
– “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”- Matthew 7:7-8
This is the promise – our only guarantee. That if you come, Jesus will be there.
Did you knock? Was the door opened? Only you and Jesus will know. In the darkness of the night, who did you run to? Who opened the door?
– *“Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.* – Luke 11:5-8
The evangelists mission is to bring the soul to the door. Instead we then add; for us you must wear a scarf. Don’t bring meat. Bow on one leg. No two. No tambourines.
What does God say about those who know something is a sin and continue sinning?
– **For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.**
But only you know the night you knocked on that door.
You know the color of light. The state of your sin. The state of your offering.
Careful when you point out there and say “see, the willful sinner, the unrepentant heart! See the fruit of the reprobate!” – where the Truth and the reprobate are clear in the light of the way they are.
Picture Christ standing right next to you, watching where you point the finger.
No other group of people, at this present time, are so marked out for the condemnation of Those Who Know God.
*And Jesus will seal his children.*