Everything about Jesus life says… step out of your comfort zone. His virgin birth. His resurrection. Everything in between. He knew no box and taught us to think differently. When others were saying hate, he was saying love. When others wanted to fight, he said love your enemy. Do you think Peter, John and James felt comfortable when a total stranger asked them to follow? If we are to follow… to serve, we have to throw away the box and love the unlovable. We have to throw away the box and forgive, the unforgivable. We have to look beyond the surface and see the heart. We can do it but only with the spirit. The spirit of Christ that lives within us.
So many times I close my eyes and I see his face. As I pray I see the face of our Savior. As I focus on his word I see his heart. Then I open my eyes and I realize… I see his face in my beautiful wife. I see his face in my children. I see his face in the homeless person on the corner. I see his face in my friends and the people I work with. We were made in his image for the purpose of showing his love… his compassion… to the world. As we share his love with those we encounter. As we share his compassion with others, we will be changed into what he intended us to be.
There is an image that haunts me at times and today was one of those days. When this image controls my thoughts I can’t stop the tears. I can’t stop the pain. They spat on him. My Jesus. The one whom I love more than anyone was spat on. They beat him beyond recognition. The one whom I love was beaten. They thrust thorns into his scalp. The one whom I love winced in pain at the thorns. They drove nails thru his wrist, his feet. The one I love cried out in pain because of the nails. I cry because I can’t bare the image without hurt. Without pain and tears. I cry because when I say they, I really mean me. The one I love the most endured for me. For you. Forgive us Lord!!!
What an amazing Savior!!
I often wonder about the timing of God. A thousand years is of a day to him. How can we ever come to understand that concept. We pray and we want it today. We pray and we want it to happen our way. There are times we need to knock down the walls of our mind and open our hearts to the wonder that is our father. We have to understand that his timing is best and his way is best. Then at other moments, because he loves us so, he will operate on our time, in our way. Simply to let us know how deep his affection is. To simply say, I understand, I care, and I am always here. What an unbelievable God!!