2.09.2011

a numb heart and thoughts about death

Every day, at least 150,000 people die all over the world.


Do you know what happens three days after all those deaths occur?


Nothing. Three days later, those people are still dead. Their bodies still lie in their graves. Mothers still weep. Children still cry. Friends still grieve, and spouses still mourn. Three days later, those people are still dead.


Yet, the world keeps spinning. And each day, 150,000 more people die.




Sometimes, my mind cannot seem to fathom scenes from the cross. I've heard the precious words of the Gospel so many times that I believe my heart becomes numb to all it means. Jesus Christ came to earth, lived, ate, walked, slept, wept, loved, breathed, healed, laughed, taught, lead, prayed, suffered, died, and rose again. And that's the beauty of the cross: a man once dead is alive and well today.


Or is it?


I think the true beauty of the cross is not just that a man who was dead is now alive. Because, if you think about it, Lazarus was once dead, but Jesus raised him from the dead. Now, I know what you're thinking-- Jesus never died a second death like Lazarus did. But maybe the miracle of the cross isn't just that a man who was dead is now alive. Maybe there's more to it...


I believe that the true meaning of the cross-- the true beauty of the cross-- is that GOD HIMSELF came to earth, GOD HIMSELF lived among sinners, GOD HIMSELF died on the cross, and GOD  HIMSELF rose again.


The Trinity. Three in One. The Father. The Son. And the Holy Spirit. HE came to earth...TO EARTH...and lived AMONG us. AMONG US! A people of sin and wickedness and filth. God-- holy, perfect, infinite, God lived among sinners. It's mind blowing.


The miracle of the cross isn't just that a man suffered. The miracle of the cross is that GOD suffered. GOD bled and died for the sins of many. GOD was mocked. GOD was beaten. GOD was tortured. 


GOD was victorious. GOD rose from the grave.


And when I think about the cross- GOD's cross-- in that way, then my heart isn't numb anymore. Anyone who understands the simple complexity of that cross cannot be one who owns a numb, beating heart. There's a realness to that cross. And that realness causes my heart to break for the sins I've committed, but that same realness causes that same heart to rejoice in a Savior.


Yeshua.


Hallelujah, what a Savior!


"Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
-Romans 5:18-21

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