We have a choice each day, to dwell with God or to go our own way.
As for me, I will serve the Lord our God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.
No Place I'd rather be
Sunday, May 8, 2016
It Should Have Been Me!
God's law in Deuteronomy 21 tells us:
22 “If a man has committed a sin
deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his
body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that
day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you
as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.
The verses prior to that talk about
stoning the rebellious and stubborn child. I was rebellious and stubborn during
my teens years. God in His mercy let me have my way and allowed me to live and
learn from my mistakes.
Several times I should have died. Once
He intervened through a neighbor rushing me to the ER because my parents
weren't home; thankfully I went to talk to her when I was having an allergic
reaction to something. Another time, He even whispered in my ear one dark night on the
way home from college,"Why are you
in this lane? No one is around. Move over to the slow lane." No sooner had
I moved, a car came speeding over the hill in the wrong direction and in the
lane I'd just occupied. He spared my life and when the time was right, He
allowed me to be broken. I looked at my shattered dreams and wondered what was
Thankfully He never gave up on me and He wooed me back into a relationship with Him... a humbled
child who knew she deserved death and eternity in hell.
It should have been me hung on that
cursed tree with the nails and the crown of thorns....In Galatians 3:13 it
tells us, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become
a curse for us, (for it is written "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a
tree.") Jesus took my place, my sin, He became a curse for us all.
Christ became the
curse for us in that He took our sins upon Himself when He was hung there upon
the tree, He took, no he bore, the curse of God against sin.
Remember when Adam and Eve sinned, they
brought the curse of God upon man, woman, and the earth. He would actually have
to sweat and work with briers and thorns. No more were the days of
walking the garden with God and reaching out to eat whatever you desire with
little work. Now man would have hard labor and the woman would also have hard
labor and delivery. When Christ died and redeemed us from
the curse, it was once for all for those who accept it. Do you remember what the solders
made a crown out of for Jesus to wear? A crown of thorns. And the thorns were
part of the curse against man. Jesus wore the cursed crown upon His brow and He
redeemed us from the curse of the law.
It should have been me on that cross.....
Jesus said that if anyone desires to follow Him, let him deny himself, and take
up the cross DAILY, and follow Him. For if we desire to save our life we will
lose it....(Luke 9:23-24a)
I now believe that God gives us more than we can bear. It would do us
well to remember that, even Jesus needed help to carry His cross.Granted He was beaten and bruised. But some
days don't we feel beaten down; like we can't go Another Step on our own?
can we be so audacious to think that we can make it through the day without denying "ME" and
asking Jesus to help us with what God has given us to do?
By us asking Him to daily help us
bear our cross we are depending on Him, abiding in Him, growing in Him. He desires (or is that requires?) total dependancy and trust.