Worship — Difficult Lessons of Lent: Life for God's Children Can Be Painful

Each of us has our own ideas of what is fair. When we actually see the price of that new car on the sticker in the window, however, we may be shocked that it's much more than we imagined. That's why they call it "sticker shock." So the common, sinful idea regarding what God expects of us usually consists in "being good" or some other quality in ourselves. When God sent his Son to save us we may be shocked that it would take nothing less than his own suffering and cruel death on the cross. It is a price far beyond what we are able to pay. But it has been paid for us. In gratitude for the blessings that are ours in Jesus’ cross, we take up our own cross and follow the Savior’s will for us as we journey toward heaven.