…Or is the promise of the Gospel in need of miracles, mystics, a “Word” from God, speaking in tongues, and other lavish mysteries that find some purpose or place in faith really a necessity in advancing the unique promise of hope found in Jesus Christ? The path to redemption is a choice and a perspective. Although this promise that thunders from Calvary is freely offered, we must choose to accept it and what it entails. Despite how today’s leaders continue to slice and dice their distinct flavor of Christian discipleship there can only be one road. Before placing one foot in front of the other on this dusty path back to Calvary, it is imperative to encounter the man, the innocent victim, hanging at the cross or the focus of both our faith and endurance cannot survive. Coming face to face with the brutalized body that stood in our place we fall sorrowfully silent in realizing what was necessary to set us free. Here in the stillness of death, no miracles, no “Word” from God, no speaking in tongues, or other indefinable mysteries are necessary here less the knowledge of our need and the thick air holding the wisdom of God’s unmatched love. This unexpected door to our redemption is ours to open if we so choose. If an eternity of joy unspeakable awaits beyond this door of horrific contradiction, then surely before it must rest our fearlessness. To clarify, it is not by my own heroic ability to press on but knowing that my march towards Calvary’s door will weather any fear of doubt that will surely buffet me. Yes, the helps that surround me, both seen and unseen, will encourage and strengthen my gait but nothing will turn my gaze from my Jesus. It is Isaiah (50:7) who says, “ For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.” Like the innocent victim before me, I will obey my marching orders. It is the promise of redemption that beckons the soul and empowers the heart. It is our real need of redemption that must be spoken in gentleness that will forever infuse a new song in discipled hearts for God.
Walk in Truth.
Such Bittersweet emotions
Start to wash all over of me.
I stand before my Jesus,
Whose violent death sets me free,
…hangs silently from a tree.
Both joy and sorrow collide,
Redefining God’s great Love,
Unable to understand,
This gift I’m unworthy of
Paid in full by Heaven’s Dove.
Fearless now I stand in Christ.
My faith encased in concrete,
Freedom bought by shameless price,
I must march to God’s heartbeat.
©2011 by Chris Clody 7/6/11
What helps you focus on finishing the race?