2007-07-31 - A Thought from the Cross
Luke 23:33 - And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
"And God said" - this phrase is repeated eight times with all the parts of creation. Seven times God speaks saying, "Let there be _____ and there was _____." However, the eighth time is special; God does not say, "Let there be", but rather, "Let us make". God spoke all of creation into existence, all but one very special thing. He created man from clay. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
He designed our minds with his own hands. His hands formed our heart. His fingers stretched clay to form our bones. As he shaped us, he designed the wrists to support his weight on a nail. As he formed our ribs, he left room for a spear to pierce his own side. As his fingers slid across the dusty back of Adam, he knew just where each lash of a Roman whip would tear into his own back.
And he made us anyway!
That just gives me goose bumps. Take a minute and look at your own arms and legs. Look at your face in the mirror. You are formed by God. You are loved by God. God took your wrists to Calvary; he took your feet to the cross. He took within himself the broken bodies of us all, and through his death, we can all be remade.
2 Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted