Living the Gospel in this World

26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27

 

“Woman Behold your son! Behold your mother! “, the third of Jesus’ seven last words, follows Our Savior’s reassuring words of forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation to who so ever believes. This synthesis of words resonates Jesus Christ’s never ending presence and undying relationship; God’s eternal love. We are blessed, saved with this amazing sacrificial love offering, the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The gift of His life for ours redeemed, reconciled us to God. It is the grace of salvation, eternal life in Christ. We were bought by a price.

Jesus suffered heart breaking betrayal and deceitful lies that led to whips clawing flesh from his body, nails pummeled mercilessly into his hands and feet stabled in his side, thirsty, stripped, spit on, hackled and sentenced to death. While enduring the most excruciating pain, unimaginable hurt Jesus, our Lord gave pictorial instructions on love. From the crucifixion cross, he speaks_ “…Forgive them…” Lk 23:34 again he speaks “… today you will be with me in paradise” Lk 23:43. Once more His voice echoing through eternity, we hear… “Woman Behold your son! Behold your mother! “. Christ brings an awareness to a life after death connection to Him and his love which is to be received, carried and manifest in those living here on earth.  Jesus did not speak these words as a dying man, Our Father in heaven resurrected Christ, He is alive. Neither did the Lord utter the words from heaven. Jesus spoke on earth; the place where He wanted those who are with Him, in Him, to know, “neither death nor life can separate us from the love of God…”. Romans 8:28

“Woman Behold your son! Behold your mother! “may appear as if our Lord’s instructions were specifically directed to two people.  However, a closer look at the account of Jesus’ crucifixion reveals in the first three of His seven last words, Christ put others before himself. What we see here, is a harmonized living parable___live the gospel in this world on earth. Jesus demonstrated the power of love forgiving someone who has harmed and betrayed you. Next He illustrates the power of love reconnecting with someone who has turned their back on you. Then his third word comes to life; scared, hurting, endangered and grieving people can form, redefine and embrace relationships to give and receive support.  This is the power of love. There is life and peace in this vivid rendering of faith at work in a “… mind that is governed by the Spirit” of God.

The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart it is the message of faith we spread:” Romans10:. Our hearts, thoughts, words, attitudes, behaviors, activities, our entire living must connect to and reflect Christ, the love of God on earth. Just as Jesus Christ can change your relationship with God., staying in His presence, through the Holy Spirit, the word of God, prayer and thankfulness can renew your life, relationships and the lives of others you will encounter. Jesus Christ shows us that we are not meant to live a life of separatism but to experience the greatness of His love together. Christ says “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 We are blessed, saved with this amazing love – the blood of Jesus; the gift of His life for ours, redeemed and reconciled us to God. It is the grace of salvation, eternal life in Christ.

How will you share God’s love, your faith, encourage others in the Lord today?

 

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Vonzenia Crigler

April 01,2019

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