As we walk the way of the cross this week towards Good Friday, I have been reminded of a very simple truth.
We remember that Jesus was arrested for a crime he did not commit, questioned by the high priest then shuffled off to the office of the roman governor who would not make any decisions as to Jesus' future but took the coward's way out by letting the crowds decide.
Crucify him, crucify him was their demand and cry.
There's much more to the story, I encourage you to read it in Luke 22-23. But the end of the story, Jesus is crucified, dead , buried and rose again on the third day...that's why we celebrate Easter.
The simple thought I was led to Sunday morning was Luke 23:34
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
I have been gently reminded I was them.
No, I wasn't standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus was dying,
no I didn't cast lots for the clothes that had been stripped off him
and no, I wasn't there condemning him to death or yelling from the crowd to crucify.
my sin put him on the cross, my rejection of what Jesus Christ came to do; reconcile me back to a loving Heavenly Father; was why he hung on the cross, bore the shame and agony of his Father turning away from him, yes...
I was them.
But it didn't end there for me and it doesn't for anyone who repents of their sin, asking forgiveness of their sin through Jesus Christ, and trusting in him for salvation, of being able to say I am now a friend of God.
It's all right there, read for yourself in Luke 23. And no longer be among them.
I finally decided to sit down and take a few minutes to write. My last original post was a few weeks ago and I did make a pledge earlier this year to write on a more regular basis. Who knew wedding plans would occupy every neuro-pathway in my brain?
I sat down to write about the upcoming wedding ceremony and reception of one of my daughters, but looked in my draft folder first to see what posts I have mulled over. I found I had thought about this for a while. I don't remember if its original with me, I highly doubt it, but it is a question marked in James in my Bible.
James 3:1-12 am I cursing image bearers?
What a timely thought as we all woke up to unspeakable tragedy on this past Sunday morning, June 12. A lone gunman went into a night club in Florida, killing forty-nine people, plus the killer, wounding that many more. I cannot imagine the horror and devastation the loved ones are feeling. I really don't have the brain capacity to elaborate much on this evil. I've watched the news, scrolled through my Facebook feed, and read several articles on this...words truly escape me about how to put into words such evil.
As a follower of Christ, I have tried to live according to the greatest commandment, which is to love God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul. The second greatest commandment, to love my neighbor as myself. I have also wanted to live proclaiming the light and not cursing the darkness. Not always successful everyday, but these are lifelong goals. I also believe we are all made in the image of God, male and female, made in God's likeness. (Genesis 1:27-28, James 3:9)
Let me share one article that was helpful 5 Ways Christians Can Respond to the Orlando Shooting
..weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15b
Stay tuned for a post on a sweet daughter, who now calls me her friend.
Dear Jane, (fictitious)
Do you know the lover of your soul?
Do you know the purpose of your life is to know God and make Him known? (Acts 20:23-24)
Do you know the One Who can work out all things for your good?
35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can
or danger or sword?
36 As it is written:
Because of You
we are being put to death all day long;
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious
through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers,
39 height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!(Romans 8)
Do you know a Heavenly Father who will look after you and love you more than any earthly father?
Do you know we don't exist for our lives to go smoothly? We do exist to experience God. (Ray Ortlund)
Come to the Living Water and be thirsty no more. (John 4:14)