Brussel Sprout Hash Recipe

The Cross & Brussel Sprout Hash

Luke 23:35 (icb)

The people stood there watching. The leaders made fun of Jesus. They said, “If he is God’s chosen One, the Christ, then let him save himself. He saved other people, didn’t he?”

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Jesus hung from a Cross because He chose to. The leaders weren’t right about much, but they were correct in thinking that He could have saved Himself. But He didn’t, the stakes were just too high.

If we back-up to just 12ish hours earlier, we learn that Jesus isn’t all too excited about his impending crucifixion, and can we really blame Him? Jesus is God, and God is Jesus, but Jesus is also human, especially in this moment when He prays for what appears to be a quick exit from this plan. “Father, if you want, you can save me from this time of great pain. But I do not ask you to do what I want. Do what you want for me (Luke 22:42).”

It gets a little confusing here for me; nevertheless, we can see that Jesus was fully aware of His ability to jump ship from the terrible hours that were to follow. But in the very same breath, we also see Him reinforcing His obedience to God and His will, and praying for strength.

For me, seeing that Jesus had to pray for strength in order to give us this gift makes it even more powerful. I think there’s a misunderstanding that because Jesus is God, that anything and everything is easy and effortless for Him. In some sense, that’s true, but the human side of Jesus had to rely on God’s Spirit to practice obedience, just like we do.

He had a complete understanding of what was going to happen to Him, even more than we’ve been told. He also was fully aware that His death on that Cross was the only way to give us life. And His love for God and for us was too strong to make any other choice. But He did have a choice.

He chose us. He chose me. He chose you. It’s easy to feel forgotten, unloved, abandoned, and unchosen. Jesus made a choice to die on the Cross not only so that we could be with Him for eternity, but also as an act of love to focus on today, tomorrow, and every day until then. That choice is where we find our value, our worth, and our identity. It’s where we gain acceptance and approval. It’s the defining moment in each of our lives.

We get to live in love and freedom because Jesus chose to hang from the Cross instead of saving Himself. That’s a powerful and important truth to focus on today.

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What does Jesus’ death on the Cross mean to you? Spend time reflecting on this question and then write a letter to Him, outlining your thoughts.

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For a deeper understanding of what the Cross really means for you and to you.

Brussel Sprout Hash

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brussel sprouts (cut in half and stem removed)
  • 1 sausage link of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat
  2. Cook brussel sprouts in skillet with 1/4 cup water and cover with lid for 10 minutes or until soft - stir frequently
  3. Cook bacon or sausage according to directions
  4. Scramble eggs in a bowl with salt and pepper
  5. Once brussel sprouts are soft, add cooked bacon/sausage to skillet
  6. Pour scrambled eggs into skillet and mix while cooking until eggs are cooked through
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The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated using 1 sweet apple chicken sausage link from Trader Joes.

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