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Sunday, March 23, 2008

LIFE Entry: He didn't have to do this

After 9 years of watching Easter dramas... i still teared... in every of the 3 Expo services that I attended.

Sensitive tear ducts? Nah, I don't think so... It's about what Jesus did... that He didn't have to do.

(PS: And I must say Tian-An is a very anointed Jesus!!! His voice I think....)

Anyway, have you ever done art pieces in primary and secondary school before? I remembered tearing up and re-doing many times before I finally came up with the Masterpiece for submission. Well, I thot, maybe God could have done the same to us... a failed creation - Redo!

But phew!...... HE DIDN'T.

A God who came as man to die for the people who might never acknowledge Him, who might neglect, reject Him...

He came anyway so that the people He loves will have a chance to choose to live...

I remembered in Bible School... during the lesson about the Humanity of Christ... Ps Ming got us to meditate on a prophesy of the words of Jesus in Ps 88... To show us how real the pain Jesus went through. After Jesus' physical pain, He went to the grave weighed down by the heaviness of sin.

The sins of Man separated Jesus from God the Father so far far away.... that Jesus thought the only One who loved Him had also forsaken Him.... (Remember Jesus would say this after He was rejected, betrayed, tortured, despised by the very people He loved and died for)... How terribly rejected and alone Jesus must have felt those 3 long days? Have you ever felt hurt and wrongly accused by a loved one before??

I remembered that long worship/meditation session... I cried and cried and cried....

And I understood, in my limited knowledge and understanding, a little more of the depth and width and height of God's love for me.... So this Easter, may you be reminded of Jesus's great great love for YOU... Here's Ps 88 for u.... To remind us that Jesus chose to die for you & I...

"O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out to you day and night. 2 Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry. 3 For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near. 4 I have been dismissed as one who is dead, like a strong man with no strength left. 5 They have abandoned me to death, and I am as good as dead. I am forgotten, cut off from your care. 6 You have thrust me down to the lowest pit, into the darkest depths. 7 Your anger lies heavy on me; wave after wave engulfs me. Interlude 8 You have caused my friends to loathe me; you have sent them all away. I am in a trap with no way of escape. 9 My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my pleading hands to you for mercy.
10 Of what use to the dead are your miracles? Do the dead get up and praise you? Interlude 11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? In the place of destruction, can they proclaim your faithfulness? 12 Can the darkness speak of your miracles? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness? 13 O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. 14 O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face away from me? 15 I have been sickly and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors. 16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have cut me off. 17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have encircled me completely. 18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones; only darkness remains."

I am drawing closer to God this Easter. You?


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