Sunday is Coming!!

She carried her baby in her womb, probably thinking things that many women do not think about when they are ready to have a baby.  When a woman is expecting, as that ninth month approaches she begins to really anticipate the birth of her baby.

This Mama was different.  The longer she kept her baby in her womb, maybe she felt she could protect her baby from what was inevitable.  From the very reason He was coming.

Her day to deliver came and I wonder if as she cradled her baby in her arms, as she traced His little fingers with her own, did she plead with the Father for there to be another way?  Oh, she knew this precious babe had come to fulfill one purpose, to bring salvation to a world full of sinful people, yet she also knew His end on earth would be cruel and heartbreaking.  The day He was born the countdown to His death had begun.

I wonder if she desired perfection more from others because maybe she thought if we all sinned less than that would be one less sin He would have to bear.  This Son whom she was raising, the Son of man who was also her Savior.

Fast forward 33 years.  Now she knelt at the foot of His cross, she knew this day was coming but the pain in her heart could not even be compared to what she thought it would feel like.  Her heart, oh the ache, the pain in her heart.  She knew He was the Son of God.  She knew He did not belong in this world. Yet He had been mothered by her.  She taught Him how to walk, kissed his owies, hugged Him tightly, she raised Him from boyhood to a man and she knew from the beginning this would happen.  His death though, it was a pain most unbearable for a mother’s heart.   Maybe as she wept it became more and more difficult to look up at Him because all she saw was the writhing pain and agony He was in.

On this day 2000 years ago it was a dark dark day.  The day we, the entire race of humanity, crucified our Savior.  We mocked, we beat, we ridiculed, we fought over His garments, we hung Him on a cross to be crucified because we rejected the Truth He spoke.  We didn’t like what He was saying because when He spoke it cut through to our very core and brought conviction like we had never known before.  {Sounds like how we are today doesn’t it?}

The love displayed at the cross is a love I have never been able to grasp!  Taking all that we put Him through and what did He say? “Father forgive them.” ~Luke 23:34  We tortured Him and He gave us LOVE.  He bore the cross because He loved us just that much!

Has the Gospel changed us?  Has this sacrifice changed us at all?  Some have accepted the gift of salvation, but not much has changed.  The reality of the depth of the love displayed at Calvary is unspeakable and oftentimes we take it for granted!

Some reject out right and never accept Him as Savior.  Some accept Him as their Savior but it hasn’t really changed them!  Sometimes we pat ourselves on the back for showing up to church on Sunday morning because it eases our conscience.  It makes us feel like a “good” Christian because we have done “our” part and even feel at times it is a “great” sacrifice that we even went to hear about our Savior on Sunday morning.  If that is how we feel, the Gospel has not truly changed us.

Then there are those, those that are actually living the normal Christian life!  They are often times looked at as fanatics, but our view is the one that is distorted!  There are Christians who are on fire for Christ!  They are eager to serve, to give, to worship Christ because He has changed them!  They can’t wait to tell others about the Good News of the Gospel because for them the Gospel changes everything!!   I long to be like those people!

On this day a few thousand years ago Christ gave us the most precious gift of all when He died on that rugged cross.  He gave us the free gift of salvation if we would only choose to accept it!

I PRAISE GOD that the story does not end the day He died.  The very reason we celebrate the Resurrection is because He rose again!! Conquering death and the grave!!  He gave Himself to die, but SUNDAY WAS COMING!  Hallelujah!!

So now I ask, has the Gospel changed you?  Have you accepted the free gift of salvation?  May today be the day of your salvation!!  May today be the day we who claim the name of Christ truly let what Christ has done for us change us from the inside out!!  Let the Gospel change everything for you today!!

 

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