I was just outside on my break and a man I work with came up to me and said “It’s amazing what a little bit of sun can do.” It really got me thinking. A little bit of sun. Obviously, the man was talking about the weather. It was I guess the laymen term can be yucky outside. Cloudy, looking like the rain would pour forth at a moments notice. But the sun broke through and the dark clouds fled.
It got me thinking about the true Son. We wallow within ourselves. Our worries focused soley on ourselves, our sinful natures, our problems, concerns, and even those few issues in life that effect us. But when we come to that place, where we see the Son glorified, all those issues, natures, concerns and problems seem to take a back seat to what really matters. Is it us that matters? Is it the issues that we are concerned with? No. The Son is what matters.
“In this life you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” These words Jesus spoke just hours before His arrest and His death. These problems will always exists. We will see them take people that we love and ourselves and drag us down. We will see our sinful natures, and our own dramas rise up daily and try to break us. But Jesus told us, not to worry about such things. He has overcome them.
How often do we come to that place where He overcame all? How often do we stand at the foot of His cross and look upon Him whom was pierced for us? We don’t. Just a glance at His blood stained cross pierces our souls and causes us to backpedal away from such a sight. We don’t like to feel that way. We don’t want to see the glazed eyes, the limp hands and feet, the blood. We don’t want to smell the sweat, the blood or experience the pain that He went through. We don’t want to look upon Him who was pierced, because we all know that it should be us stapled to that cold wood. It’s hard for us to fathom that this Man, this God-Man, came down and lovingly and willingly allowed Himself to be butchered, so that we in this world would have the chance to be reconciled to Him. It’s too much to bear. We make up excuses for not believing. We say to others and ourselves, why should this be right? There are many religions in this world, how is it that THIS MAN is the way, the truth and the life?
A little bit of Son. That’s all it takes to pierce the darkness of our souls and to make us see ourselves for what we really are. When we put ourselves up agains the spotless lamb of God what do we see? Are we happy with ourselves? If you answer yes to that, then truly you are not being honest with yourselves. Jesus came to take the punishment for us. To push the clouds back from the borders of our souls and to allow the light to shine through. And that light is piercing indeed. It’s pierces all thought, all morals, all the dark that we have hidden ourselves in and brings us face to face with what we are. Who can stand under such light? Who can truly look upon themselves and not tremble in the awesome light of God’s saving grace? I for one cannot.
See, I know myself. I know my dark sides. I know my hatreds, my jealousies, and my angst. And when I put myself up against that saving light, and think to myself of the times that I sought to find my own salvation. The roads that I have taken trying to find another way, I fall to my knees in agony. There is but one way that was purchased for us to find the path back to God, and that is through the atoning work of Christ. If we think to ourselves that we can find our own way back to God, then we are insulting the work of Christ on the cross, and His brutal death at the hands of the Romans was for naught.
So does this mean that we worship a dead God? Certainly not! For God proved that the sacrifice was good. He showed the world that He accepted this atoning work by raising His Son from the dead three days later. The first words from heaven to the disciples after this painful three days were not, “we weep with you.” But were “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Those lips and hands and eyes that were silenced and bound in death were loosed. Those hands that broke bread that fed five thousand, those feet that walked upon water, and those lips that spoke the words needed to raise forth the dead could not be held, could not be silenced in a grave. Some people think we worship “a dead carpenter.” If that is your take on Christianity, then sadly you missed the boat and shouldn’t be talking about things of which you have no understanding. Our Lord lives, He proves this with each life that He touches, with each soul that yearns for Him.
So my question is what do you do with this? Do you continue in your selfish ways? Do you continue to let the clouds cover your soul, to live a dead life, bereft of the one whom loved you enough to give all of Himself, even unto death to make certain that one day He could look you in the eye and say “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
We should be saying “Well done my good and faithful Lord.” And let that little bit of Son shine.
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This is sooo Christ-centered, Jeff! What a blessing to me to read this! People so need to hear more about Jesus these days and know of His passionate love for them and about His death on the cross. I am grateful you are writing! Tried to PM you on the other website but my computer is weird and would not let me! So, here I am...BelovedoftheLord, aka Virginia Ganskie. (Do not post here very much anymore)