2011-09-08 - Always Remember
Originally Published 2003-09-11
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand (KJV)
September 11th 2001
It started as a gloriously clear morning that would end in unimaginable destruction and loss of life. There were enemies ready to die for their cause. There were dark, malevolent plans made without mercy or compromise in angry unyielding hearts. There were everyday people turned to unexpected heroes that fought back and died in an effort to thwart the evil. They said goodbye to their wives and friends and attacked with the courage they could muster against men who only saw them as obstacles rather than lives. Before the end of the day, almost three thousand lives would be buried and burned in the rubble of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a crash site in Pennsylvania in an attack on the fabric of civilization. Men and women from over 90 countries died including hundreds of police and fire rescuers. Today we rightly honor those lives who perished at the hands of evil to waken the world from their slumber that said the enemy would never touch them.
Today the struggle continues. The torch has been passed. Always remember.
On another morning, a Man was nailed to a cross by men who saw Him only as an obstacle to their plans. The Man appeared to be an ordinary man. They held the spiritual trust of the people with their own interests at heart. The truth had been lost, buried in the debris of human understanding and tradition. His garments would be stripped from Him and divided and gambled for among His captors. He was brutally beaten and whipped before he was nailed to the cross. The crowd He bled for, which included you and me in time, jeered and spit at Him as He struggled past them and hung in the air. Before the end of the day Jesus' broken body was removed from the site of execution and buried on a borrowed tomb. The truth of His teachings seemed to hang shredded in the night breeze. Jesus came to confront and destroy the malevolent plans of the enemy. Even Jesus' staunches followers were left unable to see the hope Jesus had come to give.
But that is not the end of the story. This was no ordinary man. He held the hope of the people of the nation, the people of the world and the people of all time. Hope was rekindled only a few mornings later out of a pool of despair so dark that it was beyond human understanding. The mercy and grace in the heart of God had executed counter-plan. Jesus first appeared to the faithful women who had come to anoint His body in death. Then He appeared to His disciples. He was alive. Sin had no claim on Him. Death could not hold Him. The enemy's plans had been crushed and cast aside. The power of death itself had been shattered by His resurrection. The truth of Jesus' teachings became crystalized. The resurrection victory they had been promised but could not understand was reality.
And while the struggle continues, the strength in the plans of the enemy is gone. Pass on the light. Always remember.
Isa 53:2-5 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (KJV)
Lord Jesus - As we remember the victims and heroes of September 11th 2001, help us remember the victory You won over the darkness of sin and death. Amen.
Grace & Peace,