Jesus wants the rose!

April 10, 2009

I found this gem over at the CRN.info-Blog.

Somehow I wish he had stormed the pulpit and screamed it at the top of his lungs. Matt is right on spot. The good news is not that the rose will become broken when it gets passed around. The good news is not that if we are very careful with the rose and don’t let anyone touch we might be able to keep a beautiful rose. The good news is that Jesus wants the mangled and broken rose. There is no hope for us in trying to conform to the law of God when we do not have the forgiveness and love of God to cover our utter inability to live by his standard.

Today is Good Friday and we remember that Jesus took the sins of the world to the cross for us and that sin died right there with him. All our selfish and self-centered thoughts and actions that separate us from God have been taken away from us and we can look forward to the life Christ’s brings to us in his resurrection. Everything else is secondary at best.

If you feel like your life is like that mangled rose, Jesus wants you.

He will not break a bent twig.
He will not put out a dimly burning flame.
He will be faithful and make everything right.

Isaiah 42:3

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