Today is Good Friday. The day we recognize as the one when Jesus was crucified.
I took this picture this past fall at our city's local artists' competition. This amazing mosaic won the top prize. And I think with good reason. It is truly magnificent--especially in real life, although I think you can get a good idea from the photo.
I took the picture of the artwork, of course. But later when I looked at it, I found it moving for a different reason than just the sheer talent or the powerful focus of the piece.
I noticed the people in the crowd. Some of them are looking intently up at the cross. Most are chatting, milling around, focused instead on this over here or that over there, seemingly oblivious to the Man on the cross above their heads.
And I was struck by the comparison to real life.
All of us here on the earth, milling around, going about our business...running here and there...some of us believing in this Jesus and what He did on that cross. Some focused on Him, living for Him, and ready to even die for Him.
Some believing, but mostly just living for themselves while they take their ride around the sun all these years.
And some completely oblivious--not caring or even hostile to Him. Many believing different things, in other gods, or only in themselves.
And Jesus on that cross. Pure Love. Arms outstretched, bleeding and dying, and three days later, resurrecting-- for everyone. For all of us. No matter what we think of Him.
We are all of us--the whole lot of us--desperate sinners, in need of a Savior. In need of Him.
I don't know which group you are in. Those devoted to Him, those who hate Him or think He is a fairy tale, or somewhere in between. But I wonder if you don't know Him, if you might be curious? Have you ever wondered if there might be any truth in this Christianity thing? Eternity is something we all should at least think about, and I'm sure we all have at some point or other.
I am reading a book right now called "The Case For Christ" by Lee Strobel. Mr. Strobel was an agnostic journalist who went on a search to find out if there might be any evidence behind this man called Jesus. He wanted to know if the Bible really might be able to be trusted, and if there is any evidence outside of the Bible that points to Jesus and the accuracy of the manuscripts that make up this Book.
If you have ever wondered these same things, you might like to read it! His research was extensive, and what he found was amazing! I hope you will check it out.
I am spending time today reflecting on the amazing love of our Savior. This song by Graham Kendrick comes to my mind:
Amazing love--oh what sacrifice... the Son of God given for me...
My debt He paid, and my death He died
That I might live!
That I might live!
Have a blessed Easter weekend, friends!