Much as I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Lenten season culminating with Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is more meaningful to me each year I grow older, closer in my relationship with God, the Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
I hunger to know Him more fully and intimately, and thus I spend much time in the Bible, and listening to esteemed Bible teachers, pastors and Messianic rabbis. This year I read three of Max Lucado’s books which focus on what, and who, Jesus was busy with as he completed His journey to the Cross.
It’s a somber ponder for certain; difficult to grasp why He’d willingly lay down His life to satisfy the only just substitution possible, which God required to provide salvation for the doomed sinful world…specifically, for every “whosoever” that believes He’s the Son of God, and accepts the Father’s free gift of grace (forgiveness of sin) through Christ’s shed blood and resurrected life.
It’s taken the bulk of my 68 years to catch the revelation and begin to glimpse the mysteries…but even the small flickering glances are awesome, beautiful, gleaming with God’s glory, so that I swim rivers of tears between Ash Wednesday and Easter. I’ve not experienced love like my Heavenly Father and Jesus offer from any person on Earth…I don’t view myself worthy of His sacrificial love, so I’m beyond grateful God sees me through different, marveling eyes.
This relationship—nurtured as I trust Someone I can’t see, and walk with by faith, guided by the voice and move of the Holy Spirit—is mostly indescribable. Jesus is Hope, Healing, Joy, Wisdom, Strength, Comfort, Peace, unquenchably passionate Love. He is the Solution to every problem, challenge I’ll face (regardless how slow I am to see, hear Him); He fights my battles, ever victorious—because He recognizes I’m a weak vessel.
He’s daily Bread which feeds me, Living Water to satisfy my thirst. He’s Light in the darkness of life’s valleys. He’s the cherished Friend who walks beside me and understands me completely; before Him, I can be unflinchingly honest about my thoughts, feelings…He won’t mock me.
To know I’ll never be alone, abandoned is wonderful enough—but to have found, years ago, that I’m on a forever-adventure in which “boredom” doesn’t exist…it’s amazing, like His amazing grace.
The Cross is a visual of Love’s wide open arms, eager to embrace us…no matter where we’ve been, what we’ve done/said, how badly we stink. God keeps on loving us. He bears our burdens if we’re smart enough to cast them on Him, instead of pridefully posing: “I’m tough, strong, independent…I’ve got it together, don’t need rescuing, don’t need a Savior”.
The worst-kept secret is that EVERYONE needs the Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords. We’re desperate for release from some kind of locked cage…we can’t unchain ourselves, it’s impossible.
Each person born is given a choice he/she has to make for him/herself. Eternity is just around the corner, sooner for some than for others. Simple question: do you want to live forever at Heaven’s banquet table, with God and all His saints? Or would you prefer Hell’s Lake of Fire where there’s no companionship whatsoever—only echoing endless tormented weeping and relentless gnashing of teeth?
Those who choose Christ need never fear God’s judgment, for Jesus took the full weight of sin’s penalty upon Himself at the Cross. He’s the only Way, the Truth, the Life†.
I hope and pray to see you at His table.💖Zelda
“…There is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man [Himself–whose home is in heaven]. Just as Moses lifted up the [bronze] serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life [after physical death, and will actually live forever].
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because [b]he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him].” John 3:13-18, The Amplified Bible*
†Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6, Amplified Bible*