The Treat and the Cross
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- Format: Folded Tract
- Paper: Gloss Text
- Size: 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches
- Pages: 6
- Version: NASB
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That Special Custom!
Halloween has many fun customs, including the costumes, the candy, and the many assorted treats. But the Cross of Jesus had exactly the opposite. While people wear funny and scary clothes to celebrate Halloween, Jesus had His clothing torn on the Cross (John 19:23). He did not get to keep any fancy clothes of His on the Cross where He laid down His life for us.
Sweet and Sour
Unlike Halloween that is mostly about treats and candy and fun for those who celebrate it, Jesus was thirsty on the Cross and was given sour vinegar to drink. The taste was awful, not sweet like candy or chocolate. It was very bitter and indeed sour (John 19:28)
Knocking on Doors
Part of Halloween’s tradition is to knock on people’s doors to get a treat. Did you ever knock on someone’s door to give them a treat? This is what Jesus does. Not just once a year but every second, He is knocking on the door of your heart. Today, as you read, He is knocking…
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
The Eternal Difference
The Cross is the only way to salvation. This is unlike Halloween that has nothing to do with your salvation or eternity. Jesus, a man like no other (because He is the Son of God), went all the way to Calvary, where He died for us. His death was the most painful and most humiliating. Even though He committed no sin, He died so we can all be forgiven of our sins. He took our place.
Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously. (1 Peter 2:22-23)
Such love is rare and almost impossible. But Jesus loves us so much that He died so you and I can live eternally and not have a part of an eternal damnation.
The Cross is more rewarding than any treat! When we realize that we have sinned against the holy God, Creator of the Universe and Judge of all eternity, we must turn to the Cross. We must believe that what Jesus did there, He did for us. We must trust Him to forgive our sin and give us new life.
If you are ready to put your trust in Jesus, you could speak with Him like this:
“Dear Jesus, I come to the Cross this moment, filled with my filth and dirt of sin. I pray for your mercy and that You wash me clean with your blood that You shed at Calvary. Please restore me to faithful obedience to Your word. It’s a lonely world, please fill me with your Holy Spirit and walk with me, hold my hands and keep me focused on You that I may keep Your commands. Write my name in the Book of life.”
If you have put your trust in Jesus today, we would love to talk to you about how you can follow Him.
May Grace and peace be multiplied unto you. Shalom!
Be The Best in Christ!