Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Think About the Cross

Dear Friends,

Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. ~ Luke 23:9

Perhaps you would never play such cruel word games with Jesus as Herod did, but there are other games just as hurtful to the Savior.  Human beings can play the games of indifference, of rejection, or of willful ignorance.  Modern man has grown “tolerant” - he simply walks over “the pavement” of his Savior’s sorrows and goes on his way untouched, unreached, and unregenerate.

“Behold the man!” cried Pilate, displaying the tortured Christ, sure His sufferings would engender pity.  Instead, like beasts smelling the blood of a kill, the chief priests and officers cried out, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” (John 19:6).  And what was Jesus doing while all this was going on?  Nothing!  He who had the power to summon ten thousand angels to His help chose to stand helplessly, resigned to die because there was no other way to reconcile the world to God!  He who had the power to consume His enemies with the breath of His mouth answered Herod “never a word,” though every effort was employed to make Him talk.  Jesus didn’t play games with His enemies; He was tall and straight and true.  He told us He was the truth, the way, and eternal life - and then rested His case.  He neither teased us with the unattainable nor taunted us with the irresistible, but simply offered us salvation.  Behold the Man!  The Man of men - God Himself in human form!

Then dare to play your games if you will!  As for me, I am sold - devastated by the story of the God-man subjected to humiliation that defies description.  I am captured, reduced to tears - I worship!

In Him,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor

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