The Cross

Today I have sat in a class called ‘the excellencies of Christ’. We have been looking at the crucifixion. About the physical reality of what it means to be scourged and crucified. Over the last few weeks we have looked at so many angles I have been amazed at the great extent of the love that God has poured out to us, and the sacrifice Jesus made that we may know Him and have eternal life. By how little we deserved and how much He gave. Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) Scottish Hymn Writer wrote

               T’was I that shed the sacred blood;
               I nailed Him to that tree;
               I crucified the Christ of God;
               I joined the mockery
               Of all that shouting mulititude
               I fell that I am one;
               And in that din of voices rude
               I recognise my own
               Around the cross the throng I see,
               Mocking the Sufferer’s groan;
               Yet still my voice it seems to be,
               As if I mocked alone.

Today I also heard that on Sunday, Muslims were demonstrating in London in reaction to the pope’s comments. With signs saying “Jesus is the slave of burningcrossAllah”, and burning crosses. This tore my heart. Leave out the politics, they are talking about my beautiful Jesus, the God man that gave so much we’ll spend eternity having our minds and hearts  blown away at such love. Who has scars in his hands because of the sins that I have committed. They are saying this about my best friend, my amazing saviour. It has made me question, how should I respond to this? What should our response as Jesus’ beloved bride be? Why is our nation in a place where this can happen? 2Chronicles 7:14 if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. O how we as a nation need his mercy.




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