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Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)
TITLE: Spears To Love
By Debbie Rutter
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Whilst attending church this morning, I was taken into a place of reality and expectation, of a hopeful future renewed through the blood of Jesus. The entrance procession strode solemnly up the centre aisle with the rugged cross leading the way and the Holy Bible was held gently in reverent hands. Here I could see the body of Jesus, where the Holy Bible rested.
I found myself in a place, set in the moment with the person’s focus upon the Word of God. It was a blend of love, respect and adoration and it powered into my heart to the reality of this Lenten Season.
A hurricane of images and thoughts, history and present swam within a whirlpool of leaves of time, as pages strewn upon the waters. These pages were images of Jesus and of my life, broken into times of denial and rebellion, when I struggled between the desire for a strengthening of faith and a weakness for the world. How many spears have I driven into the side of Jesus? How many times have his wounds been torn apart by my sinfulness? How many tears must be shed to blend with the water and blood of Jesus?
It only takes a second to acknowledge the reality of our actions when impressed by the stark reality of Jesus. Jesus didn’t turn away from pain and suffering, he didn’t refuse the task set before him and he didn’t abandon our salvation. Rather, he welcomed it in the knowledge of God’s will and wove the passion of unconditional love from God through himself to us, upon the cross.
The striking contrast of one person’s love gently supporting the written Word of God processing up the church aisle, to the Living Word of God draped upon the cross, pouring out not only his blood but also his love for us.
Gather up the spears that we have plunged into Jesus’ side, refuse the bitterness a tongue can speak and become the cup absorbing the love of Christ. Look forward to the renewal of ourselves in Jesus with expectation and let your eyes see the reality of Jesus’ passion and your world today.
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