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Alone

In Christ, Easter, Jesus, love on September 26, 2009 at 7:48 am

Love saw Hate and was unafraid.

Sin was great and now is paid.

God sees you through Love’s pure eyes,

He waits until you realize.

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If the human eyes who watched the broken, bleeding body of Jesus Christ hang on a cross could have seen what was actually happening around them, they would have dropped dead.

They would have seen billions of angels hovering behind that instrument of torture, millimeters from their Master’s torn flesh, fiery swords drawn, holy rage pulsating through their veins, awaiting his command to save him. One single word from their precious King’s lips would have released their fury and nothing would be left, not the people, not the planet, not the devil.

But he held them back with outstretched arms.

Those human witnesses would have seen the old dragon, Lucifer himself, parading around, hissing out his victory song off key; its non-melody paralyzing their hearts more than any Roman could. They would have seen him stirring up his recruits, those wicked imps who chose to follow him when God cast him out of heaven so long ago.

They would have seen something that startled even the spiritual host – a twist in the plan.

You see, Jesus died ALONE.

God turned His face away from His Son.  And in that horribly excruciatingly solitary moment all heaven gasped. Satan sauntered up to the cross, felt his enemy’s wrist, found no pulse and danced away; and hell went with him.

The Father and the Son had never been separated. Not once. The angel’s shock was indescribable. The earth itself erupted, sending shock waves through that hill of death outside Jerusalem. The sun ran and hid behind dark clouds.

It was over. To the devil, that meant he won. To God, it meant the devil lost.

In Christ alone.

Backup

In Christ, Easter, God, Jesus, plots, resurrection on August 17, 2009 at 8:24 am

It was easy to believe.  It still is for many, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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The body of Jesus is gone, said the guards who had been assigned to secure his tomb. There was this great earthquake, so we fell over and then there was this bright light so we were blinded and when we came to, his body was gone.

The body was stolen, end of story. His disciples simply stole his body and then perpetuated his claims, that’s what you are to say. If anyone says he was resurrected, they are lying. If anyone challenges you, we’ll back you up. And, here’s a year’s salary for your faithfulness.

That’s my paraphrase of the scene in Matthew 28:13, 14 between the chief priests and the Roman guards who were stationed at Jesus’ tomb the night of his burial. Poor guys, couldn’t even guard a dead man.

What’s more outrageous is when the chief priests – the very ones who represented God on on earth – heard eye-witness accounts from Roman guards, they stomped the story into the ground, replaced it with a lie and paid off the witnesses!

Not only did these priests have the blood of God’s Son on their hands, they denied first-hand witnesses to his resurrection.  Their sin would not go away. They did what every human does when they refuse God – they cover and hide.

Like Adam and Eve. Except their devices of covering and hiding were more sophisticated. Buy off the guards, replace the truth with a lie and promise backup.

If you don’t think lying could get any more sophisticated, then you don’t watch the news. This ancient technique of recalibrating the truth is now common practice. And, those who perpetuate lies always have a backup plan. You have to! Lies cannot support themselves – they have to have backup.

Jesus’ story, on the other hand, needed no backup. He went to the cross willingly. He died to make payment for the sins of the world. He rose again to give all who believe in him a second chance to get it right. He was the second Adam. No backup plan in case his sacrifice didn’t ‘work.’ No payoff to his disciples to assure his story would be spread throughout the world.

All the manufactured devices on earth cannot suppress the truth.  God is truth. End of story.

Lord, help me to face You and not cover my sins, nor hide from You. Thank You for paying my debt to You, for being who You said You were – for doing what You said You’d do. You are the Truth.