I made hot-cross buns over the weekend – compared to my previous years attempts it was a remarkable success. Every year I try to make them and every year something goes wrong – Ramos has commented that my previous attempts would be useful if we ever need to stone anyone! This year however they are soft, spicey and very delicious. But there is one problem- the crosses disappeared! I did pipe a cross on top before baking, but when they came out of the cross blended into the bun and became practically invisible.
I know it is politically correct not to have crosses on hot-cross buns anymore but I really wanted mine to have a cross on top. Our local bakery sells spice buns with noughts or crosses on top, but only at Easter time, so why pretend that we don’t know they are associated with Easter? Some people want the spicey bun, but find the cross offensive.
My nominal hot-cross buns got me to thinking about how sometimes the cross is easily hidden in our lives. Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
But maybe, like my hot-cross buns, we start off the day or week determined to bear the sign of Jesus in our lives, but when we hit the hard & hot times the mark of Christ on our lives grows faint or disappears. Either the cross is too heavy, to inconvenient or our belief in God’s control over our lives waivers. Our intention at the beginning is good but the heat doesn’t emphasis Christ in us.
Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t let the heat of the fiery furnace fade their faith: Daniel 3:17-18 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” They knew that God was in control and able to save them, but even if he didn’t they knew that God was with them in the difficult time.
Lord, even if it inconvenient, if it politically un-correct or if I go through a tough time, help me to know you are in control and help me to proudly bear the cross of Christ daily.