It doesn’t matter how many people hurl condemnation, criticisms at you or revile you, Jesus isn’t one of them. He is so not a stone thrower, he is the lover of your soul.
I don’t know about you but that’s what keeps me going back to Him again and again. What I would do without the all embracing love of Jesus ?Wholesome healing love, never approval based – Just come as you are.
He told Zacchaeus, the fraudulent tax collector, “ Hey, I’m having lunch at your place today, come down immediately. ”
He told the condemned thief on the cross, who had turned to him for mercy and hope; “ Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. ”
He had a chat with the Samaritan woman, and after their conversation, she left his presence liberated and full of joy because that divine encounter connected her with the grace she needed to forge ahead. He let her know ; “ I know everything about you and your past relationships because of your quest for love but I do not in any way condemn you. ”
“ What do you say Jesus? The angry mob pressed towards Him, questioning angrily. Pick up a stone and join us. Man, we have proof, she was caught in the very act. Look at her, just look at the mess she is. ” Instead of standing up to join her accusers, he stooped down; rather than being quick to judge, he wrote on the ground.
….“ All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone! ” John 8 : 7
I wonder what was going through her mind as she stood, surrounded by very angry and vengeful people. Each holding large rocks, ready to hurl them in exchange for her blood – her life. I imagine myself standing there, what would have been going through my mind? “ It’s over Oris, say your last prayer. ” When Jesus comes on the scene though, he turns what seems like a sad ending into a wonderful beginning. See! I’m doing all things new. ( Revelations 21:4 ). He not only made every one of her accusers drop their stones, he gave her a new lease of life.
“ How could she have done that ” ? I simply cannot believe she would have done so and so. ” That’s what we do to each other, hurting, judging and refusing to forgive. Forgetting that only God has the right to ask such questions but he chooses not to. He came to bind up not tear down. He came to set free, not cast into prison. “ I’m here with love in my heart not stones. ”
That’s the simple essence of Easter – Love that is so perfect and unfailing, it seems to good to be true. How can one so holy and perfect love someone like me? He gave up His life for us and by doing that, restored hope, faith and abundant life to mankind. Jesus lovingly took all our sin, pain and infirmities and nailed them all on the cross. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.
Recently someone I truly loved hurt me so much. I literally felt the pain in my heart. Felt ? That’s not true, I still feel the pain so much so that I don’t even know how else to pray about it besides , “ Jesus please take this pain away. ”
As I write this post though, I feel an outpouring of God’s love. How can I expect perfect love from a human as I? Forgiveness is easier when you remember that you’re also human. The Bible tells us to forgive others because He also forgives us. Oh! the healing power of love, we love Him because He first loved us. That’s what Easter is about, a celebration of true love. Happy Easter everyone!
What does Easter mean to you?