My Heart is Still Bruised from Easter

My heart is still bruised from Easter.

Despite my Yankee upbringing, I'm very tenderhearted. I cry at sad animal stories, dodge squirrels crossing the road, and seldom watch movies that don't promise a happy ending. I've never watched The Passion of the Christ, because I know they'd have to carry me out in a bucket; all that would be left of me would be a sniveling, sobbing, puddle of emotion.

I came to Christ as a young adult. I'd made enough bad choices by then to wholeheartedly agree with Romans 3:23 when it proclaimed that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." I knew unequivocally that I had a sure seat among the "all" who had sinned. Because of my thorough understanding of my own guilt before a holy God, I have no difficulty comprehending what my sin cost Christ on the cross.

But today's reading from Spurgeon's Morning by Morning ripped the scab off my tender heart and reminded me again how great a debt I owe my precious Savior. Spurgeon writes this:

"My sins were the very scourges that lacerated the flesh of His blessed shoulders, and my sins were the thorns that crowned His bleeding brow.

"My sins cried, 'Crucify him! Crucify him!' and then laid the cross upon His gracious shoulders.

His being led forth to die is enough sorrow for all of eternity to bear, but knowing I was His murderer is more grief--infinitely more--than one poor human fountain of tears can express."

Today, bowed and humbled before Christ's immense love gift of salvation, I wept brokenheartedly over the price He paid for me.

For me.

"Amazing love! How can it be? That thou my God shouldst die for me!"

The next time I am tempted to view my own sin too lightly, may I see in my mind's eye a vision of Christ on the cross

For me.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes, our sin, my sin sent Jesus to the cross to bear incredible torture and pain. Chosen by God, and slain as the only perfect sacrifice for my sins. Thank You, Jesus, for caring so much for each of us. I can certainly relate, as I'm a sobber too. A very descriptive view, Lori. Kudos for this reminder.