"...we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began." 1 Cor. 2:7
I have been getting rocked lately by the most complex mystery seen so simply, that is Christ, the God-Man, dying as a sacrifice for mankind. I have been meditating on this one thing and putting down everything else I think or feel to embrace the love and commitment my Lord has toward me. He is committed to us. Whoa.
It started with a couple new IHOP-KC choruses, and Justin Rizzo's & Anna Blanc's Devotional earlier this year, where they took you through the story of the crucifixion. I began to realize that though I accept the cross as my 'basic' theology, I have never (apart from my early christian conversion experience) had personal and deep revelation on what the cross really did for me, or for that matter, what Jesus really said "yes" to by taking the cross upon Himself.
This song Jonas Park has been singing has caused my heart to sit and meditate on the Cross, the greatest mystery of all:
He came reaching out His handTo bring us life againto take back His bridefrom the grave we died inOh He made skin of His owntook our place on death rowTo show us the Fatherand give us a homeOh behold what love, You've lavished on usThat we might become Your children, oh GodFor the veil's been torn, now we're forever YoursHere before Your throne to Your praise oh LordOh You came to lose the warthat we started with You LordYou bled in our steadThat we might be pureOh You really understandNeither do You condemnMuch more than a pardonYou beckon us in
I have been thinking this is not just something with my personally God is saying, but more and more what I am hearing and seeing from others in the Body of Christ is this 'back to the first love' real truth. The truth of our desperate need for a savior. The truth of what it cost Him to give His love and His blood for us. To embrace this with Holy Fear and not the 'non-chalance' as if we deserve this at all. His mercy, His grace. In light of what we truly deserve, He says 'yes' to death on a cross.
My prayer is that God would open our hearts again to embrace our need for Jesus, and a Holy revelation of His grace and mercy over us.