Christians around the world celebrate Passover, which is the foundation of our faith. God, as his Son, Jesus (Yeshua), came to give his life for us all, so that we may have eternal Life. This is the biggest act of Love that has even been done.
Why? Because the God, who created heaven and earth did not reject the first couple (Adam and Eve), when they were disobedient and fell into separation from the Perfect Holy One. So I hope to let you know a bit of the Character that King Jesus has, and how gentle and loving He really is. Well, no words of a human could ever describe Him, because we just cannot comprehend how He really is. We can only experience His love in an ongoing relationship.
First Words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Just imagine if you were in His shoes. This teeny weeny little planet with the tiny nation of the Jews, His people, had the audacity to reject him; for the pharisees to think they were better than Him. He taught them, He performed miracles and He showed love and yet their own God was not welcome. Instead, they put Him through the most horrible death experience that was ever invented – crucifixion. Yet, the first thing He said on the cross, was to release forgiveness.
For the child of God, we know that this is the way to deal with others who have done us harm. We have to forgive. Note that in Matthew 6 Jesus said that if we do not forgive we will not be forgiven. No matter what people did to you, they have done far worse to the Innocent Man on the Cross.
Second: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
When the criminals were hanging next to Him, the one had a bitter heart and the other acknowledge his guilt. Nowhere did Jesus condemn them, but He showed mercy to the one who came and humbled himself. “Lord, I am guilty, I sinned, I deserve death. You are the Innocent One who die for me.” This was his attitude.
King Jesus, the Love Himself, always responds positively to a humbled heart who comes to Him. I think that the humbled criminal had been watching Jesus from a distance. Not knowing how to get out of this wrong lifestyle he ended up being caught and convicted. He knew that life was over for him and that he will go to hell. Yet, he discovered that God’s grace was sufficient and that the helping Hand would not drop him.
Third: “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother”
Even on the cross, King Jesus was putting things in place. Even in agony, He did what was right, by giving John to his mother.
If we were there, we would have asked Jesus three days before whether He had His last will and testament in order. But, God does things according to his timeline. He knew He would be crucified, but this last step He did at the right time. You see, after you ask for forgiveness, God will put things in order in your life.
Fourth: “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”
There was a moment when Father God could not bare the sight of his Son on the cross and turned His head away, crying. As He is God turning his back released all his anger and judgement on the Perfect One, so that the job would be complete.
Jesus took the full price for you and me. No one can come to Father God without the Cross.
Fifth: “I thirst”
To take the sin of mankind He had to become mankind. As one of us He took all of the weight for us. He knows what it is to feel pain, to feel your anguish and to heartsore. Isaiah 53 came into fullfilment.
This is why you and I can climb on our Daddy’s lap and tell us of our day. The good, the bad and the ugly. He is compassionate and understands everything you are going through.
Sixth: “It is finished”
The job has been completed. The fullness of his pain and suffering, and every scripture written about Him in advance, had come into fulfillment. The bible is complete. The Faith has been established. No one can change it hereafter.
There is one one God who can bring Eternal Life. Will you accept Him today?
Seventh: “Into Your hands I comment My Spirit”
I always wondered by Jesus said this, after He said it was finished, until He revealed to me that these were the words of the Resurrection. It was the end, but it was also the beginning. The resurrection of Christ is what counts, a new Life is how the story goes on. The crucifixion was the end, but the resurrection is our beginning.
Now, please pray, where you are and ask King Jesus into your heart. So that you can also have a new beginning. It is worth it.