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Jesus, Son of God, creator of everything that exists, walks willingly to his death, and by his side are two criminals, walking to their deaths also. They see him; they see his pain, see his actions and they see the sign that has been nailed to his cross, “This is the king of the Jews”. They hear his words of kindness and forgiveness spoken to the crowds. Two men have an opportunity to meet the Savior of the world and to experience who he is, to witness his love, forgiveness and sacrifice for mankind. Two men see and experience the same thing, yet one accepts him as Lord and the other rejects him.
It’s the same today, some people see a perfect, righteous Savior, and others see a down on his luck, want-to-be-leader, and man; just like themselves. Open your eyes people, what do you really see?
Darkness. The light from the sun is gone, the light of the world is dying. As the temple veil, dividing the Holy of Holy’s from the world, is torn in two, the Son of God dies.
The captain of the Roman soldiers saw an innocent man, the crowds of people watching the crucifixion were saddened as they saw their healer and miracle worker pass into death, and Jesus’ friends stood back and observed it all.
Jesus, God incarnate, dies on the cross to atone for the sins of the world, and yet life goes on. Shouldn’t the world have stopped spinning at that moment? Shouldn’t tears from heaven have rained down on the earth? The biggest and most important event in the history of the world has just happened and yet life goes on. A dead body needs to be buried.
How slow is the human brain? When will we see and know Jesus for who he really is?
The women couldn’t comprehend where Jesus’s body could have gone, the apostles scoffed at reports of an empty tomb, and even Peter wondered what could have happened.
We cannot see or understand the things of God without God, and the Lord doesn’t expect us to. He comes to us and reveals himself to us. He wants us to understand. He wants us to see.
Jesus explained the Scriptures to his followers on the road to Emmaus, and he presented himself to his disciples, so they could see, touch and hear that he was alive in every way. What is it that causes us to doubt? Even when presented with all the evidence? We need the Lord to open our minds to understand. God in the flesh, suffered and died and rose on the third day. There is now forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Jesus.
What do we see when we look at Jesus?
Holy Spirit reveal to us who Jesus is in the fullness of his deity. Reach us where we’re at so we can see the Savior of the world and a Savior that loves us right where we are today. Don’t let us be bystanders on the most important event in the history of the world, but people that are actively loving and following our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.