I’m reading the Blue Book section on the Cross this week. Have you ever tried to read the Bible with new eyes? I have read the Bible for years. I think that stories, like the crucifixion, may seem a bit predictable. I know about Palm Sunday, I know that Judas betrays Jesus, I know that Jesus dies. I know what the Bible says about that death and what it means to me. But, this week, I’ve been asking the Lord to give me new eyes as I read the story of the cross of Christ. I wanted to read it as if I’ve never read it before. In one of my favorite movies EVER, Amistad, there is a scene that reminds me how to look at this story with new eyes. This clip shows two African men who were kidnapped and brought to America with the intent to be sold into slavery. They were wrongfully imprisoned. While in prison, some Christians gave one of the men an illustrated Bible. If you have about four minutes, watch this clip:
I remember the first time I saw this, I thought, “I can’t believe Hollywood let that scene slip in!” But, then I thought about these fresh eyes seeing Jesus. It’s so incredible by simply piecing together the general details that these men see a Jesus who was very good and loving (obviously we believe much more about Jesus than just that). They see that he was wrongfully accused and killed. The one African man, although has a limited understanding of what he sees, seems to love Jesus.
It’s so powerful for me to think of the cross of Christ and what it means. Sometimes, I think too flippantly about who Jesus is because I often think of him exclusively in the context of who he is to me. Is he my savior? Of course, he is. But, he was the King of Kings, seated on the throne, before he came to earth. He’s the one who made himself nothing (Phil. 2:7) and became human for our sake. He wasn’t simply God’s idea: he was God made man. He died the excruciating death of a convicted criminal to rescue us from judgement. What love!
“God’s most profound self-revelation is seen in the cross. We usually think of the cross as something God ‘did’ to ‘solve’ the sin problem that alienates us from God. But, in reality, the cross reveals who God is, not what God did as an action separate from God’s nature” – M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
May God help us all to look at his Son with new eyes during this season.
Posted: 4.10.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: