Last week, I told kids about how our sin is kind of like a backpack full of rocks. We wear it everywhere, it’s heavy and painful to carry and even though we think it doesn’t affect us, it’s constantly weighing us down. The weight of our sin gnaws at us all the time and influences us in ways we don’t think it does.
I told our friends about how Jesus dealt with this – the debt of death that we owe because of sin – by bearing what we could never bear on the cross. Jesus took the weight of sin on his shoulders, all the things that we’ve done in the past and all the things we would do for the rest of our life.
Sometimes I think there’s a temptation to feel bad for Jesus and sorry for ourselves when we hear about how he gave his life for us on the cross. The reality is, Jesus gave up his life gladly. Scripture says that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2). I think that’s what’s so wonderful about Jesus. He was in control during his arrest, trial, and eventual execution. He did it because he loved us and because he wanted to. I’m eager for club in a few weeks when Cody and Taylor at their clubs will share the good news of the resurrections of Jesus, about how he defeated death and sin once and for all time by returning from the dead.
I want to leave you with some pictures from our weekend Polar Bear trip at Camp Copass in Denton. It was a great time for new leaders and kids to connect as well older kids to form deeper friendships centered on Jesus.
Spencer Jacobson, Frisco Young Life Staff