Sunday, July 28, 2013

Healer of Messes and Madness - A Sunday Morning Reflection

Every form of sin and its consequences, sickness and disease of every kind, addictions, broken relationships, insecurities, distorted sensuality, hatred, lust, pride, envy, jealousy - all these, on and on, were experienced and carried by "a thing despised and rejected by man" (Isa 53:3) who knew that nadir of an agony such as no man as ever dreamed. Christ on the cross: inconceivable what he went through as he hung naked and nailed to the wood.

No one ever died as Jesus did, because he was life itself; no one ever was punished for sin as he was - the sinless one. No one ever experienced the plunge into the vacuum of evil as did Jesus of Nazareth. It will never be given to any human to understand the pain behind the words "My Father, why have you abandoned me?" or the agony of that death, not simply accepted in patience, but endured screaming to God. And yet, it was "our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured." (Isa 53:4)

There can never be another healer in the mess and madness of our postmodern world, because no one else has been there. Only Jesus Christ, "a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering," has carried our pain into the peace of grace. He has made peace through the blood of his cross. ~ Brennan Manning
(excerpt taken from The Wisdom of Tenderness-What Happens When God's Fierce Mercy Transforms Our Lives)

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

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