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He Could Have Said No……

Jesus Christ could have said no.  He could have simply decided He was not going to die on the cross in order that we may have redemption and forgiveness.  This is something that is and has been an obvious point, yes?  So, why is it that I bring it up?  I bring it up because He could have said no.  And I really realized this for the first time today.  He could have said no not only to being crucified but to the entire ordeal as well.  Think about this for it is no small thing.  Jesus Christ left His ethereal surroundings to come down here.  He left an environment that was perfection and gave up immortality to come down here as a mortal.  And He did this knowing full well what He was walking into.  And I am not talking about His imminent death right now.  I speak of His becoming as you and I, subject to hunger and exhaustion.  He would suffer the temptations of anger and impatience just as we do, as well as a host of other desires as well, good and bad.  Jesus would feel the cold of the night and the extreme heat of the day.  All that was good in His home above would be replaced by all that we live with on a daily basis.  Yet He chose to do so that we may have the choice and opportunity of real Life.  Quite amazing stuff when you really examine the sacrifice Christ made for you and I.

What is directing my thoughts this evening is a movie entitled “The Passion of the Christ”, directed by Mel Gibson.  It has been out for a few years already but I had never watched it before because quite frankly, I did not want to.  I had heard that the account given in the movie was not only graphic but was also very accurately portrayed overall.  It is safe to say that this movie was avoided by yours truly.  However, I happened to be in Best Buy today and there it was.  The Passion of the Christ on BluRay sitting in the bargain bin for $7.99.  And admittedly, that is a very poor reason for buying a movie such as this.  There was a small part of me that was curious enough to watch it, of course which is I suppose the reason for my purchase.  Besides, the worst case scenario was that I could always hit Stop on the remote if it was too difficult to watch.

Friends, it was difficult and painful to watch.  The dialogue in this movie was presented in Aramaic and Latin while being subtitled in English which really brought one into the movie as opposed to the movie being brought to the individual, if that makes sense.  It opened in the Garden of Gethsemane  with Christ praying to the Father and asking that if possible, to not have to drink from the cup that would soon be placed before Him.  Now, I know my scripture fairly well so I was confident that I would follow the movie in good fashion and I did so.  However, I could not have prepared myself for the depiction of the scourging our Creator received.  I watched as our Lord was whipped and beaten and tossed about like just so much refuse.  I wept as His now human body was ripped open from the cat o’ nine tails and beaten unmercifully with wooden rods as the soldiers administering the beating laughed at Him when He fell.  And as He carried the cross to Golgotha, the crowd jeered while the Roman soldiers continued to lash His broken body with their whips until He fell time and time again while His mother looked on, her eyes filled with tears though her heart knew this was His purpose on this earth.  It was His reason for being here.  And as our Lord breathed His last breath and died on that cross, my heart broke for I know He did that for me and for all who will accept His gift.  I wanted very much to turn this movie off even after 20 minutes into it but found I could not do so.  You see, it is an easier thing to read of this than to see it before you.   My whole life I was told and taught about the sacrifice that Jesus made, His death upon the cross.  And I have always been most grateful that He came to die for the remission of our sins.  Indeed I have.  But this film made His pain and therefore His sacrifice very real to me tonight.  I felt anger towards those who would do this thing to the Son of God while weeping in sadness for what He had to endure so that I might live and live abundantly.  My eyes are full of tears even now for it is just now, this moment that I truly know that I have been remiss in following my own road, the road that has been given me to travel.  I know my purpose and reason for being placed here but have permitted my circumstances to cause me to say “No!”   This is an area that must be put to right, to be sure.  There are no excuses that can justify this either and that goes for myself and us all.  Give this a thought or two for moment, if you will.  Christ came down and was just as we are, a human being with situations and a free will to react to these situations, yes?  He suffered from self-doubt and anguish as well as anger and sadness.  He laughed as we do (or should) and cried as well.  We have Divinity within and so did Christ Jesus.   And He chose to follow the path to His purpose thus embracing who He was and is.  Now I will say that I am not trying to state that we are on equal footing with God for that would be more than nonsensical.  But do remember that Jesus while on Earth was housed in a physical body with the Divine indwelling as are we.  There is one major difference that I would make mention of however because it is a big deal.  Jesus, the Son of God knew that His purpose would culminate in the events portrayed in the movie I spoke of this evening.  And guess what?……..He could have said no!  Given His set of circumstances, I would like to believe that I would have made the choice He made but I would be lying if I said that was the truth for sure.  Still, knowing all the pain ahead of Him and knowing that on the cross, His own Father was not going to be able to look upon His Son who now was carrying the sins of the world, knowing all of this beforehand, Christ chose to say yes.  I am so glad for His decision as I know you are as well.

In closing, I am going to ask you to do as I am doing this evening.  Take a bit of a self-inventory and do some introspection where your Life and Purpose are concerned.  The gifts you have within, those seeds of greatness that have been bestowed upon you?  Do these items simply lie there dormant because you have, for whatever reason decided to say “No!”?  If this be true, then think on this as well please.  What ever it is that is taking precedence over your true Life path is keeping you from the Life of Abundance that is waiting for your arrival.  And I will say that many others who would be blessed by your blessings are being denied as well.  Do give this some thought and once done, move into the direction of Divine Purpose.  Decide to say “Yes!” for that is really all God is waiting to hear.  It is then and only then that He can take your hand as you make that journey together.

Take care with yourselves and those you love.  Blessings coming your way!………

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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It Is Finished…….

It is finished.   Perhaps the most memorable words ever spoken.  It is finished.  The words that Jesus uttered when He completed what He had come to Earth to do.  He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of this world.  It is finished.  Have you ever wondered what Jesus might have been thinking just prior to saying those three powerful words?  Looking beyond for a moment the intense physical pain He would have been feeling, what was going through His mind?  He had fulfilled His destiny, accomplished His mission.  Was there a feeling of fulfillment in His heart?  Did Jesus have a sense of relief now that He had finished the job He had been sent here to do?  Remember now, Jesus was God in physical form and therefore was subject to all the emotions that we, you and I feel each and every day.  Perhaps He did have a thought along the lines of “I am so glad this is done now for I am so very tired now and in much pain”.  It is possible that this occurred and if it did, this would not mean that our Lord was weak or that His sacrifice would mean anything less.  If anything, it would make the sacrifice He made all the more real and important, yes?  He knew all of the physical pain, the mental and emotional anguish that He would be going through before He had to endure it.  Yet He did it anyway for this world of ours.  I am reminded of a line from a Star Trek movie oddly enough but one that is applicable to this subject this evening.  “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….or the One”.  This is what Christ considered and knew.  This is why He came to us and why He sacrificed Himself painfully but willingly for our sins, because of the needs of the many.  And for this, I am more than grateful.

I wonder how many of us would have the strength of character to do something like this.  Would I be able to sacrifice myself for the needs of the many while knowing ahead of time the pain I would suffer and realizing well beforehand that this was my Destiny.  Is what I am thinking blasphemous?  Am I putting myself on equal footing with God when I say such things?  No, I am not.  However, I will say this.  Since Jesus was in human form just as you or I, He would’ve had the same thoughts with regards to the sacrifice He would be making in His future.  And additionally, He could have decided not to go through with it.  Just as you and I are given free will, Jesus was also given that same free will.  Yet He chose to remain and to walk willingly into the fire, into the presence of His tormentors and allow them to do their worst.  Was it His love for humankind only that made His decision to follow the path chosen for Him?  Indeed it was.  But personally I believe there was something a bit more as well.  It is finished.  Our Lord knew the importance of these three words.  And while I am sure He did feel relief in escaping the ruined physical body He had been given, I think there was a sense of satisfaction for Jesus as He uttered those words.  Not in some arrogant or prideful manner that would say, “Look at Me and see now what I did!”   No, I speak of a satisfaction which finds peace and rest in the knowing that a job was done well and correctly, in knowing that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few….or the One had been the real issue and with that issue resolved, the many would benefit.  A sort of pride of knowing.  True pride is always selfless and void of arrogance and conceit, yes?  That is what I believe, what I feel our Lord felt when uttering “It is finished.”   Oh and for the record, as much as I would like to believe I could make such a supreme sacrifice, one of giving my life?  I am of the mind that I could not do so.  At least not by being reliant on my own resources.

Yet, this does bring me to the reason I felt led to write this piece tonight.  It is finished.  Each one of us were placed into this world with a unique purpose and destiny.  And it is only in the pursuit of the fulfilment of our Destiny and it’s attainment that we will ever feel true contentment and peace.  I can attest to this personally for I spent years, even decades doing everything I could to run from what our Creator placed me here to accomplish.  As a result, I spent years, even decades in opposition not only with God but in direct conflict with myself.  And how does that old saying go exactly?  You cannot run away from yourself because wherever you go, there you are.  This is a rather wise adage.  No matter what I did and no matter where I went, my spirit was right there all the while, a constant reminder of who I was supposed to become.  Needless to say, I find myself carrying a lighter load these days which is ironic because I always felt if I accepted my Life purpose, it would be a tremendous burden to me.  My friend, what is your Life purpose?  What path has Destiny chosen for you?  Whatever it may be, you will not know true happiness until you walking the road and heading in the direction that has been purposed for you.  Give this some thought, if you would.

There is one other item I would wish to mention here this evening.  It is finished.  When ever we accomplish something and bring it to fruition, we can say these words.  And what a grand feeling they bring us at that point!  This is true, correct?  Of course it is.  When we leave a project undone and incomplete, there is no feeling of joy or accomplishment for it is not finished.  Now just for a moment, let us look at a bigger picture, so to speak.  Look some years down the road with me, please.  Your life here on Earth is coming to a close soon now for time has gone by as time always does.  Let us look back on your Life’s road for a moment as we stand between this world of the physical and the spiritual world that you will enter into soon.  What are your past years revealing to us now?  Did you fulfill your purpose here?  Yes? No?  Were you in active pursuit of your Destiny?  Yes? No?  If your answer at present would have to be a negative one, I have good news for you just now.  You are not presently standing with one foot in this world and the other in the world to come.  This being so, I would encourage you to make a choice today. Choose to go down the road the Creator has placed before you.  The blessings that lie down Destiny’s road will far outweigh any sacrifice you may have to make.  And the greatest blessing you that will be gifted you when you do approach your journey’s end will be that you will know in your heart, in your spirit and mind that you have given all and with  your Life’s purpose is completed, you can also say with peace and satisfaction that “It is finished”. 

And now this particular piece is also finished.  I appreciate any and all of you who have taken time out from your day to read these words.  I am hopeful that you have found something of value for you here.  Be blessed in your day and always bless any and all who you meet along your pathway.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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