A little different approach to a devotional today than my usual rant. I have
taken the liberty of composing a letter from Jesus to the soldier who pierced
His side when He was on the cross. I have no intention to blaspheme here,
but rather I hope to show in a somewhat vivid manner, the depth of the love
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am writing you personally because I know, if you understand who it is you
have pierced, that you are probably living in fear. I want to tell you that
my forgiveness is available to all. All who come to faith in my resurrection,
and seek forgiveness of sin, are given eternal life
3:16). That life is for all who believe
You might think that I would seek vengeance on those who crucified me. You
probably think I wish to make an example of those who arrested, tried, condemned
and crucified me. However, my thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are
my ways the ways of man. I do not seek to avenge myself on those who spit
on me, struck me, or mocked me. Rather, I seek that they would come to faith
in me, and obtain forgiveness for their sins. I would make them examples
of my mercy rather than my justice. I desire this for you, also.
In view of this, and to show this, I have directed my disciples to speak
of the forgiveness of sins - beginning here in Jerusalem
24:47). It is here that I was rejected, but it is here that grace will
first be offered. The very ones who drew my blood will be the first to hear
of redemption through my blood
1:7). Your wickedness to me caused wounds that led to my death for sin.
That death atoned for sin, and now pleads before the Father, enabling me
to provide forgiveness to all who seek it.
In piercing my side, you aimed at my heart, but there is another way of coming
to my heart. If you repent of your sin, and look upon the one whom you have
12:10), you will find that the blood you shed is a sufficient atonement
for the act of shedding it. It will be a greater grief to me if you refuse
this offer of forgiveness through my shed blood, than your actions were to
me, in drawing my blood.
I am sending you my disciples, to convince you of the truth of this. What
you meant for harm, the Father meant for good. Accept this grace of mine,
which goes as far as sin abounds, and also brings eternal life to those who
feel their sins are too great to be remembered no more.
I will not sign the letter, since I wrote it and not Jesus, but I think this
puts in an interesting framework that the grace of Christ is really offered
to all, even to those who feel their sin is too great for forgiveness. Christ's
mercy extends to "whosoever," and that whosoever includes the one who pierced
Christ's side, and you also if you are reading this.