The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
His wounds revealed who He was and who He is.
"And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And He said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself" (Luke 24:36-39).
No greater light shines upon the character, nature, and way of God than His willingness to send His Son to suffer on our behalf. Our Heavenly Father executed His wrath against sin by laying our iniquities upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and then by smiting Him with the sorrow and forsakenness that rightly belonged to us (Isaiah 53:1-11).
What does this say about our God? Eternity will not suffice in unveiling the gracious unselfishness that characterizes the essence of His love, and thus, of who He is in His holy essence. "God is love… Charity (love) seeketh not her own" (I John 4:8). Little wonder that the book of Revelation depicts more than one hundred million Heavenly beings thronging God's throne to extol His virtue:
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5:12).
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus have begun our eternal journey of discovering the goodness and greatness of God. We presently "see through a glass darkly" (I Corinthians 13:12). But we do see as we walk with our Lord in His Word, by His Spirit, and with fellow believers who venture with us into the Heart so vividly depicted by the Hands, the nail-printed Hands. "It is I Myself" confirms the Lord Jesus through the wounds etched upon Him by the wrath of God, but even more, by the love of God. Nothing more reveals who He is, and nothing more motivates and empowers trusting hearts to press ever forward on our voyage to view more clearly the Heart, so beautifully revealed by the Hands.
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
(I John 4:10)
Weekly Memory Verse
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?