ENORMITY - Week of March 20th
By Judy NicholsMarch 20, 2016
This is Holy Week, the week between Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and His death, burial, and resurrection. This year, more than in past years, I am impressed with the enormity of it all.
It’s not just the enormity of what it all means for me, which is not inconsequential. Nothing has altered my life as much as receiving Christ as my Savior and Lord. To know that my sins, past, present, and future, have been paid for and removed from me as far as the east is from the west is to lift the weight of the world, so to speak, from my shoulders. And to know that this removal has given me a loving relationship and free access to the God of the universe is astounding.
What’s more, He has given me His Holy Spirit to live in me to convict me when I sin, to lead me into truth, and to remind me of what Jesus said. He has provided for me His mercies which are new every morning and His grace that is sufficient for every contingency.
What has me so impressed this year is as much about the enormity of God Himself as it is about the enormity of the events of Holy Week. While it is true that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the greatest miscarriage of justice in the history of man, what is more amazing is that it was done "by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God" (Acts 2:23).
The Triune God whom we serve – uncreated, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, and perfect in every attribute – had no need of mankind to give and receive love. Having created the world and humanity, He was under no obligation to reveal Himself to us. And above all, our turning away from Him in no way required Him to provide a way for our restoration.
The One who fills everything in every way at all times became content to fill a human body with all its limitations for thirty-some years and inhabit a small piece of geography called Israel. The One who spoke creation into existence confined His speech to casting out demons, calming storms, teaching, and healing broken people. The One who will execute final judgment at the Great White Throne confined His judgment to driving the merchants out of the temple and exposing the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of His time.
This is the God with whom we have to do. This is the God who knows our thoughts before we think them and our words before we speak them. He knows the motives and intentions of our hearts. This is the God Who allowed Himself to be falsely accused, mocked, beaten, and crucified. And this is the God Whose glorious resurrection we celebrate. The enormity of it all!
© Judy Nichols 2016