A few weeks ago I was in our life group meeting, which is basically a Bible study, and while we were worshiping I had this wonderful vision. It was so moving, that I often think about it to help me over issues I am facing, or guilt, or whatever.
I am hovering above the cross looking over the cross beam at Jesus. His head is drooping down from the torture He endured in the morning, and He still has the crown of thorns on His head. He is physically drained and His body droops, only suspended by the nails in His hands and feet. His body is discolored with dry blood, sweat and dirt, and His hair is matted from the blood that seeped out from His scalp when the guards pounded the crown of thorns into His head earlier in the day. It is a terrible scene, but a necessary one for our salvation.
I float down and around to the front of the cross, and as I come past the cross beam Jesus’ head is turned and He is staring at me. It is as though He was expecting me. His right eye is swollen shut, but His left eye is clear and brilliant in color. He gazes into me. It is a deep gaze. Immediately I hear His voice. His lips don’t move, yet I clearly hear Him use my name and tell me, “I know all of the sins you committed, and everything you have done in the past. I know what sins you will commit today, and I know the sins you have yet to commit. But, all your sins are upon my shoulders, and I am taking them with me to the grave. I will rise up again, clean and pure, but I will leave your sins in Hades. All of your sins will be buried forever. As I rise from the grave clean and pure, so are you clean and pure.”
There are many things about this vision that amazes me. For one, I wonder if this is a delayed message from Jesus 2000 years ago as He hung on the cross. Could He really be thinking of His children at that time? I like to think that through His omnificent powers, Jesus created this vision 2000 years ago, but postponed its delivery until this night. Sort of the same way we can postpone sending an e-mail until a specific date.
Another thing that amazes me is the weight of all the sin He had on his shoulders. If we could quantify the weight of all the sins of every child that accepts Jesus Christ as Savior, from before Christ and until the Rapture, how much would that weigh? I imagine it would be a sack that just keeps climbing the atmosphere and into space. As well, the width and depth of the sack would be too long for this atmosphere to hold. There are probably more sins in that sack then there are molecules on earth and in the skies. All of this was on one person!
God must desperately want us in Heaven with Him. What parent wouldn’t be distraught that their children abandon them for the vices of this world. God’s love for us is no different. In fact it is greater than any love we will ever feel, because our love is merely human love. The same human mind that loves is the same human mind that hates. It is a mind that is split against itself, and is perverse and sinful. God’s mind is omnificent, pure and good. Through God we have minds that are healing. Without Him, there is no doctor in the house! There is no doctor who can cure us from this illness called humanity.
Our cure comes from Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. We need to cling to Jesus just as the bleeding woman (Matthew 9:20) and the woman who would not take “No” for an answer (Mark 7:28). When we forsake God’s redemptive plan, we allow Jesus’ sacrifice to be in vain. Paul writes, in Hebrews 6:4 – 6, “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the coming age, and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss, they are crucifying the Son of God all over again, and subjecting Him to public disgrace.”
To put it simply, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Jesus loves us all and wants us to be free from the bondage of sin, so that we can glorify God by the lives we lead. Don’t let His sacrifice be in vain. Commit yourself to realizing who you truly are in Jesus Christ.