Thorns, Nails, Forgiveness!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Each year at this time I journey with our Lord through the four gospels from Bethany to Jerusalem (Temple courts, upper room, olive grove, Sanhedrin trial, Praetorium, Golgotha, the Tomb, the Garden)...to the Mount of Olives…the intensity is palpable. I'm bumbling Peter; thieving snitch Judas; sorrowing, yet worshipful Mary; doubting Thomas; determined Mary Magdalene, racing John. All the while Jesus speaks: "Change and become like a humble child." "Forgive seventy times seven from your heart." "Love one another." "Be on your guard...watch and pray." "From now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God." Please teach me Your holy ways, o Lord.
Here it is Good Friday, the remembrance of the day set before the creation of the world (Revelation 13:8b). Jesus Christ is the Lamb that was slain at that particular time in History (GOD’s story), to change all relationships forever. He alone has reconciled mankind to the GOD of all. What is our/my response to this? Will I continue to do my own thing my way because:
>It is convenient
>I have to be in control
>Comfort is my thing
>I know I’m forgiven anyway.
>What will others say?
But wait…Have I been united with Christ in His death? (Romans 6) Then how can I continue to choose wrong attitudes, sinful thinking, cruel words and bad actions? As scriptures says, “so I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in GOD’s law, but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man/woman I am! Who will rescue me fro this body of death? Thanks be to GOD--through Jesus Christ our Lord!!” (Romans 7)
“See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and Love flow mingled down;
Did ever such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown? “
By Issaac Watts in “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
Indeed, we are so loved unconditionally and blessed by GOD!
Forgiveness radiates from the cross into each of our hearts.