Thank you, King Jesus! For on this day, you brought the kingdom of heaven to us. Today is the day that you redeemed us from certain death, decreed by God. Because you loved God so much and because you loved us so much, you did this thing. You allowed your body to be beaten and hung on a torturous cross. Oh! Would we do that for you? Would we, King Jesus? We are ashamed of our cowardice, Lord. And because we are so ashamed, we bless you and love you for this gift to us. Without you, we would die the death that is the just punishment for sin. Thank you, thank you, thank you…
Friends, I have written some difficult articles lately. I am fully aware of that. I have shown you the fierceness of God and the holy judgement of Christ. I have proven, through scripture that the wages for sin is death- and that our God will most certainly deliver that punishment to those who are unworthy. I posted an article that dispelled the modern Christian notion that Christ love is the same as human love. It is not. It is to lay down your life and to be hated for Jesus’ name sake. That the milquetoast ideology of ‘don’t judge’, ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’, ‘love your neighbor’ is not biblical- and is, in fact, hogwash. I have called on you all to condemn homosexuality during a week when our Supreme Court of all the Land is hearing two cases to decide whether God’s definition of marriage should be overturned. Oh! The arrogance of man! Imagine that a court of men will judge God this week! We are unworthy of God. Especially if we, his children, are too terrified to even chirp to those in our own lives about this sheer audacity! And so very many of you could not handle it. And you condemned me for delivering the scripture to you.
Look what Jesus did for you! He suffered- more than you will ever suffer. He was alone with hate all around him, posted shamefully high for all to see, as his life ebbed from his body- this is more hate than any of you will ever experience. He ultimately died- which most of you would never do for him. Or for anyone. Most of you are too cowardly to even stand up for God’s definition of marriage. You know why, too. You know that the moment you open your mouth to your friends, your co-workers, your family and in your church, you will be hated, mocked, cursed and called every name in the book. You’ve seen it happen to others. And so… you rationalize it away. But you know you are a coward. And you know you are unworthy. And that is why you curse me and the true word of God. You just didn’t like what it meant for you.
But look at that picture! Jesus forgave you and me anyway! Despite our cowardice. Despite our lack of honor, integrity or truth! There he is- doing what you would not do! Look at him! Do not turn away. See the king who came and allowed his majestic self be hung- for you, all little cowards….
Today is our REDEMPTION! Rejoice! Because this thing in the photo? It is why you will someday stand righteous before God! This is how much God loves you! You snarled to hear his true nature! Oh! How many of you cursed at my article that showed God’s great anger toward men when they sin so foully. Oh! You want to make a ‘new God’ that you think is more loving, more fair… more acceptable! You try to put your own spin on what God really is! On what Jesus really said! Shame on all who do this! Because what you see in that photo is God’s love– I ask you, would you take your baby son and would you offer him to a bunch of complete ingrates, whom you knew would murder him? Would you order your own son to allow himself to be ridiculed by cowards who would never even so much as defend him in their private circles?? Think about it! How dare you criticize God? How dare you say that he is too harsh or too unloving. How dare you try to put a blanket over his true nature!
This is God’s love. It is a love of which none of us is capable. So, please. Save your platitudes for some other sucker. God hates sin. And sometimes he hates the sinner. But he has more love in one breath than you, in all your human version of love could ever contain in your body. He has more love in one of his breaths than all of mankind could contain within all their bodies throughout all time! God hates our sin- he does. And sometimes he hates the sinner. But his love far outweighs his hate. And this, Jesus’ body on the cross, proves his love. So. Close your mouth. And be humbled. Stop questioning God. Stop judging him. Stop thinking human beings can ever love more than him. Just be humbled, People. Just accept him for who he is. Just accept both his justice and his love….
Just stop….. and listen…
On this day, Jesus was put on trial. He was called a liar, a trouble maker, Satan possessed, a hater, a rebel, a criminal, a conspirator, dangerous to society, insane and worthy of death. On this day, Jesus laid down his life for his friends. He had spoken only the living truth of God. He spoke to help all human kind wake up and see that he had come to provide a Way to God! No one could say these words more perfectly, more kindly, more lovingly than Jesus- because he was perfect in every way. And yet, the world hated him. Oh, they hated him. Sure they thought they had their reasons. The ex-followers of Jesus were disappointed in him. He failed to deliver them from the Romans. To them, he was a fraud- and so deserved death. The politicians were terrified that he would cause the People to see how very evil they were and so they first sought to mock him. When that didn’t work, they sought to silence him. When that didn’t work, they sought to kill him. Serving God is to be hated by the world. Jesus proved that. It was tough on Jesus. But being a perfect son of God, he obeyed God’s will. And so God loved and honored him above every other. Because Jesus so pleased God, God gave him the full authority to speak up and testify for every one of us. Satan will stand before God and list all the things we really did do and show how we are truly unfit for God’s Kingdom. But Jesus, the beloved son of God, will stand and say, “not so, Father. This person is worthy of your kingdom. For they served me and they pleased me. Therefore, they are fit for the kingdom of God.” And God will honor his son, who so pleases him, above Satan and will forget anything wrong or sinful thing we ever did and will give us a new body and will welcome us to his presence. Those who rejected Christ will stand with only Satan to testify for them. And they will be condemned.
The politicians thought they had killed Jesus. Little did they know that they were mere common use pots whom God used to provide us with a CHANCE at everlasting life. If Jesus was not murdered so publicly, then his resurrection would never have happened. And had his resurrection not happened, he would never have shown his power. That he has power and authority over death and over evil. Also, he would never have been able to show the entire world what would happen to us on our own resurrection day. We would never have been shown such HOPE for our own life. Jesus is the first to be resurrected. His new body is remarkable. The disciples got to see him in his new form. And we have received testimony of it. This is hope! Beautiful hope! And it is proof that everything Jesus said was true. Those politicians believed that their evil had won. But God had actually used their evil to create a glorious hopeful new covenant for all human beings.
On this Friday, let us reflect on what Jesus did. How he loved us. And then let us reflect on what what he meant when he said that we should love each other AS HE HAD LOVED US. He gave his life, Friends. That’s what he did. And that is what we must do for our fellow man. They WILL consider us as crazy, hateful and indeed, they will say we are of satan. That we are trouble makers to our society. But remember what Jesus said,
“24“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
Lastly, let us remember his blessing on all who are hated for his name. Let us be greatly comforted!
““Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.”- Luke 6:20-26
People. We suck. We don’t deserve this love. For we are all cowards before God. But accept this gift. Accept it in humility. Accept it and be thankful. Ask for forgiveness for your shortcoming as I will do for mine. And be blessed. Be blessed. For our God so love the world that he gave his only Son, so that all who believe in him shall not perish, but have eternal life, Amen.