Do you ever cry or feel sad or angered when
you watch a violent tv show, movie or video
that shows death and destruction of another
More than ever we live in a world that is desensitizing
us to brutal killing, violence, and hatred.
People race to buy tickets to the next gruesome movie
or play violent video games where mutilation of the
human race is created to be a fun pastime.
We see the results of these extreme forms of violence in all parts of
society today. Our children are bullied in school. There are school
shootings, beatings, and suicide. Workplace and street violence exist
as well as terrible things that happen in our homes - behind closed doors.
Brutal murder is commonplace - reported in the news and
then forgotten by most.
While we may live in this brutal sin-filled world where
violence is abundant and killing is desensitized,
we also have the power and authority given to us
by Our Lord Jesus Christ to overcome the obstacles
that this sin-filled world throws our way and live life
abundantly in Him.
This is a tribute to Our Lord,
Jesus Christ .
You see Jesus Christ was chosen by
God to be born, to walk the earth living
as a human man and to be sacrificed for
the sins of all mankind.
God's great plan for mankind included
the necessity of a savior, a redeemer
Jesus the Messiah, the very Son of God, had to be born.
Our Savior had to be born because mankind, after the sin of Adam and Eve,
would have been eternally lost—cut off from God—if Jesus had not come
to earth and allowed Himself to be sacrificed to save mankind from its sins.
The sins began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus had to be born because Adam and Eve failed to carry out God's
mandate to glorify Him in their lives.
It was left for the Son of God, thousands of years later, to ultimately
fulfill the divine revelation of God's character and purpose for man.
Jesus had to be born because, without His true sacrifice, humanity was
doomed. We would be eternally separated from God because of the
sins of Adam and Eve.
God promised a redeemer to Adam and Eve even before He cast
them out of the Garden of Eden.
God spoke to Satan, who appeared in the form of the serpent.
He told him, ". . . I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you
shall bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15).
As Our redeemer, Jesus endured brutality,
and violence at the hands of those who hated him.
He endured the pain of crucifixion for all of mankind --
yesterday, today and tomorrow!
When I watch movies or videos
about the crucifixion of Jesus,
I feel His pain.
I have never known a love
more beautiful than the love
that Jesus has for each of us.
His undying love for you and me
carried Him to crucifixion
on the cross.
The brutality of the methods used in crucifixion at the time of Jesus death
are agonizing to watch.
Imagine the pain Our Savior bore for each of us as he was tied to a
post and whipped, beaten by Roman soldiers,
his flesh ripped and pouring His blood
with each strike of the whip.
Imagine the Blood dripping down Jesus face as a crown of thorns was
placed around His head, and pushed into His flesh.
And imagineas He was nailed to the cross, the painful agony of the
spikes that were driven into each of His wrist and feet.
His placement on the cross was a part of the strategically designed
Roman crucifixion methods, so that the weight of Jesus body would
cause suffocationas he hung high on the cross.
And as if that weren't enough, Imagaine that once He died a Roman
soldier (in order to make sure He was dead) took his spear and plunged
into the side of Jesus letting out a final pouring of water and
His shed blood (John 19:34).
And Imagine that while on that cross, Jesus cried out to
His father in Heaven
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34.
He knew that his captors and murders as well as the bystanders, did not know
that He was the true Son of God.
His great sacrifice that He made for us was
out of pure love for mankind for You and for Me,
sinners living in this sin-filled world.
Jesus walked the earth for 33 years before
He was sacrificed on the cross.
In that time he preached the gospel and taught
His fathers word.
He lived as a human man experiencing the same
trials that we face today.
As a result, He knows our pain.
He knows our hearts.
He is always Here for us, no matter what we face
living in this sin-filled world.
He died for our sins, but He lives on and
His love endures forever!!
Peter summarized what we must do to be redeemed:
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
Through Christ's blood God forgives our sins, and
by Christ we receive the promise of eternal
inheritance (Hebrews 9:12-15).
Through Christ, God has restored that which was lost in Eden.
As God has said:
"I will dwell in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people"
(2 Corinthians 6:16).
Jesus had to be born, and had to die,
but rose again to live forever with His father in Heaven.
Through Jesus Christ, God has made it possible
for all people to enter an intimate relationship with Him.
My prayer for today is that when we are watching the violence
in this world we live in - through the news, violence in movies or life,
we turn our thoughts to Jesus and know that through Him and his
crucifixion, we no longer have to be subject to the ways of this
sin-filled world. He shed His blood for you and for me by enduring
horrendous and violent hatred and crucifixion so that we could live
renewed in His spirit and His everlasting love.
Blessings to all in His great name, Amen.