Wednesday, March 31, 2010

lenten 40: day 37 - like a rose

image 37.

like a rose.
trampled on the ground.
you took the fall
and thought of me
above all.

isn't that how that chorus goes? like a rose...

it's hard to imagine someone taking the fall for another person. i mean, how many times has that happened to you? we don't generally take the fall for another - unless there is a pretty good reason. you might take the fall for someone if it was someone you knew well and loved with all of your heart. we've heard stories of men in battle sacrificing themselves for the betterment of their fellow soldiers. we get that. we understand that... no matter how rare it might be. we just might do the same... for the people we love.

but the thing is, Jesus didn't just take the fall - and die upon a cross - for those who loved him. he took the fall for all. even for his enemies. even for the people who spat upon him and whipped him and conspired against him.

he took the fall for those that despise him still today. those who live lives of evil. who spread hate or follow greed.

he died for all.

in those final days leading up to him bearing the cross, God's plan remained unchanged: His Son would sacrifice his life - for everyone, past, present and future. he would take on all sin. even the sins of those who do not love him back.

how often are we willing to go to bat of those who stand against us? how often do we look out for their needs as well? how often do we claim to love Him - yet live a life that says otherwise?

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