Tuesday, 1 February 2011

"A Holy Gift"

Originally posted on the blog "Honest Investigations" on the 27th October 2010.

Title of this post is taken from the email discussing this topic, received from Max Lucado.

Today's exerpt from the Bible is from 1 Peter 2:24, which says in no uncertain terms that Jesus carried our sins when he died on the cross. My reading then goes on to ask WHY Jesus cried "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me". The conclusion stated is, "So you'll never have to."

Ouch. That hurts. But it also makes me so grateful. I know, if I care to think about it, that I'm anything but perfect. I make mistakes, hurt people (intentionally or not), fail to meet my own standards - nevermind God's - and generally speaking, would never get to heaven through anything that I do, because it all falls so far short of the perfection that is the entry-standard for heaven.

But God doesn't leave me there. Instead, he reached out, 2,000 years ago, to tell the whole world, and me, that he wouldn't leave us alone. That he loves us SO much that he's willing to walk amongst us, and die by our hands, so that we can be together with him, as he intended, for all eternity.

What better place to be than in a position to say 'God will never forsake me'?