Hardly even notice
I wonder what was going through the mind of Jesus a little over 2000 years ago during this week leading up to His crucifixion. Like seeing a hurricane bearing down on us with fury He knew what would strike in mere days. Nothing can compare with the evil that would rip Him apart as He took on the sins of the world. And yet He took it all in stride.
Most of us are going about our days this week with our normal business as usual attitude, but this time of year should be a time to deeply reflect on Jesus and the cross. I am amazed by His love. He did everything He could possibly do to save us from the sin that has ensnared us. How many even notice?
As I scour the news every day, I am hard pressed to find a single positive mention of Jesus. Just the opposite, I see example after example of Christians such as Vice President Pence being mocked for their deep convictions. He is in good company Jesus was mocked, spat upon, beaten, cursed, and put to death.
I think all followers of Christ should take some time this week to go to a quiet place, leave our cell phones somewhere else, slow down enough to seriously review in our minds what Christ went through on our behalves. He didn’t do this for Himself, He did it to save us from ourselves.
Most won’t even bother to read this and less will take this advice, but without appreciation for the enormity of what was done for us by Christ His effort on our behalf cannot be fully realized. At the very least go to church on Easter Sunday and forget about the Easter bunny, or golf, or whatever for a few moments. Many people are drawn to the magnanimous love of God, but they hesitate to acknowledge the righteous and holy side of God. Righteousness demands that sin be punished. For God’s justice to prevail, sin and rebellion against God must be dealt with. Since the only covering for sin is the shedding of innocent blood, God shed His own blood — the most innocent blood of all.
Because God shed His own blood, we can find forgiveness of sins, relief from guilt, peace with God and eternal life in heaven. May all glory, honor and thanksgiving be given to God for the enormity of His sacrifice upon the Cross.
For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation”
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