The crux is the most critical move you make when rock climbing. It comes at the most difficult part of the route up the rock. It is the moment when you have to put all of your faith into a single maneuver and and just hope that you don’t loose your grip.
As rock climbing aficionado Kohlman Verheyen explained how he conquered the crux on a climb in Corona, over 65 Ensign middle schoolers sat captivated by his tale of courage and determination. Kohlman then opened his worn Bible and read Luke 8:42-48 over them:
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Kohlman explained how for this woman, this interaction with Jesus was the crux of her life. It was the moment when she had to reach out, and put all of her faith in Jesus’ healing power. She could not half-heartedly make this attempt. Instead she risked everything to reach out and grab the hem of Jesus’ cloak. And Jesus responded to her passionate faith with healing and hope.
This is the kind of faith God requires of us. Faith that gives us the confidence to commit our entire lives into following Him. And while it might be scary to throw all of your weight onto the crux while rock climbing, the decision to give your entire life to Jesus is actually the safest move you can make. For,”The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8