Monday, March 17, 2008

Easy to say "how could they?"

Grace for the Moment today says,

Because of His Gift

"I want to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead. I want to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death." Philippians 3:10

Trace the path of this Savior, the God who swapped heavenly royalty for earthly poverty. His bed became, at best, a borrowed pallet-- and usually the hard earth. He was dependent on handouts for his income. He was sometimes so hungry he would eat raw grain or pick fruit off a tree. He knew what it meant to have no home. He was ridiculed. His neighbors tried to lynch him. Some called him a lunatic. His family tried to confine him to their house. His friends weren't always faithful to him.

He was accused of a crime he never committed. Witnesses were hired to lie. The jury was rigged. A judge swayed by politics handed the death penalty.

They killed him.

And why? Because of the gift that only he could give.

After reading this, I was bit saddened and angry at all of "those people" back then who were "so mean" and "short sighted". How could "they" do these things to Jesus?

Then I realized. I am no different. I am selfish, swayed by getting ahead. I carry fear and insecurity that inhibits good judgement. I consider the teachings of Jesus too extreme to orient my life around. I confine him to certain areas of my life. I miss out the message of freedom.

We have a part in contributing to the cycle of death and bondage.

He still offers us His Gift... Grace... Forgiveness... Redemption...
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

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