Thursday, April 5, 2012

Reflection.

I'll be the first to admit it: when I was seven years old and my seventh birthday fell on Easter Sunday, I was mad. In my little seven year-old brain, that day was supposed to be all about me!

And I'll also be the first to admit that this week? 18 years later? I've continued to focus this week, Holy Week, on my birthday week, as opposed to what I should be celebrating: the week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I, we, are all sinners. And every year, especially around the week that we celebrate Easter, it still baffles me {in a good way} that someone who had no idea of who I was -- who hadn't met me -- died on the cross for my sins. What amazing love!

Watching the movie The Passion of the Christ in high school, I was shocked to see how brutal His death was. Don't get me wrong, I'd grown up in Sunday School and church and had heard the story so much that I could quote it. But actually seeing how it really was? I bawled. It wasn't just the nails in the palms of His hands. They didn't just gently sit the crown of thorns on His head.

Oh, no. Historians say that big, thick nails were hammered into, most likely, His wrists and feet. A sword was jammed into His side. A crown of thorns was shoved into His skull. He, the King of Kings, was beaten until He was unrecognizeable, mocked and spat upon. He died of suffocation on that cross, because His lungs collapsed.

And yet, He died for me.


But the miracle in all of this is that He rose again three days later, all of which was prophecized. He lives!

Hillsong's popular song, "Amazing Love" {which I'm sure many of you sang in youth group and/or church} is such a simple song, but the lyrics ring true. I've pasted them below.

But before I go, I must say this: salvation is free. All you have to do is ask. I encourage you that if you do not know the person who died on the cross for you and your sins (and me and my sins), please come to know Him. It is the best gift you will ever, ever receive.

{See: Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13 and Revelation 3:20.}

Amazing Love

I'm forgiven, because you were foresaken
I'm accepted, you were condemned
I'm alive and well, your spirit is within me
Because you died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be?
That you my King would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
And it's my joy to honor you
In all I do, I honor you

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