His Love was far greater than His Pain 1,000 words
By Robert Schaetzle
Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha!, you who were going to destroy the temple , and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, come down from the cross!” Mark 15:29-30 [NASB]
We have hope and purpose today because Jesus did not come down from the cross. Jesus chose to endure the pain of the cross because His love for us is far greater than the pain He endured at Calvary.
I doubt very much that we would ever understand the meaning of His Grace had He come down from the cross.
In Paul’s letter to Titus he wrote ‘He saved us not by deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit.’
Salvation comes as His gift, but also with purpose, for us to be free from the penalty of sin. In addition, for the regeneration, in our faith walk through His word.
It’s by His grace, and the obedience Jesus had to remain on the cross for mankind, that we may come to know and worship Him as Lord. We’re in a growing and learning process throughout our life, as when Paul shared with Titus, ‘a washing and regeneration.’ [Titus 3:5]
We begin anew with God’s love and faithfulness to direct our thoughts and deeds, yet, how easy it is for our pride to interfere, not allowing us to admit the Savior is to control our heart. This happens when we’re not mindful the abiding presence and power of His Holy Spirit; there to lead us along each days need.
When we view our lives today, we’ve only to remind ourselves, our own need to hold the cross up high that we carry, and remain steadfast and true to our faith. To rest in the promises given us by our faithful Lord.
The world around us has become a society to think we can handle all life’s concerns on our human reasoning and intellect. We think our wealth will bring fulfillment and peace. Quite the contrary, our opulence has only caused us to think we don’t need God’s protection and guidance.
This year we’re witness to millions of dollars spent on political campaigns by those seeking the office for the next President of our United States.
Faith of our Founding Fathers
Turn the clock back to the birth of our nation, say about 228 years ago at the forming of our Constitution. I’d like us to reflect on the maturity of faith the founding fathers possessed at the formation of this Republic we call the United States of America.
When the delegates from our original colonies sought to form a charter for this nation, we were not a land of wealth, but one thing the 56 signers of our ‘U.S. Declaration of Independence’ possessed was conviction to their faith in God. They relied for Divine Vision from above. Today we’re not to think our wealth will bring fulfillment and peace.
President Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President said, “The bible is the cornerstone of liberty. A students perusal, [that is attentiveness to learn] of the sacred volume will make him a better citizen, a better father, a better husband.”
A quote from President James Madison, our 4th President, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it, we have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
They knew only too well this land was to be set apart by God, guided by Him, and even here they were endowed with Divine vision through regeneration of faith.
How blessed we are by Jesus’ example, our nations founders also persevered. They too, did not come down from the cross of persecution they bore while adopting arguments to form the Constitution for this land.
National integrity continues to be strengthened by our need for prayer.
We need to be a nation of prayer asking God to heal our land and restore our Love for Him.
For certain, we can be so thankful the Love Jesus has for us was greater than the suffering he sustained at the cross.
The hope we have and the strength of our prayer today will have it’s affect for our children, our grandchildren for generations to come.
When we view suffering happening today around the world, we’ve only to remind ourselves our own need to hold the cross up high that we carry, and remain steadfast and true to our faith. To rest in the promises given us by our faithful Lord and Creator.
What was the big difference between our nations fight for freedom to worship the God of the bible, and the French Revolution where chaos ruled with so much disunity and faction? I think it can all be summed up from a quote by a noted French statesman and author Alexis de Tocqueville when he came to America he observed, “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power… The Americans combine the notions Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.”
‘The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!’
[Psalm 34:7-8 NASB]
People today, still wag their tongues and ridicule those who will follow Him, but let each of us who wear the title ‘Christian’ continue to reach up and put our hand in His as we walk each day new with Him, thankful our Lord did not come down from the cross.
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