A Piercing Blow

One of the toughest things to face is when someone says, “I knew you did it.”  For example, “When Sherry is cleaning out the pantry and finds an empty box that used to house bags of microwave popcorn.  For some reason she automatically says, ‘Keith you forgot to throw away the empty box.’ In such moments I want to defend myself by responding, ‘Am I the only one who every does this?'”  Of course I am not, but in this instance I am the guilty one and it is a piercing blow.

In a much more significant discussion, we come to the moment when Jesus is hanging on the cross.  Question, “Who’s fault is it, that Jesus is on the cross?”  This is a valid question as we come to John 19. “So they took Jesus. and he went out, bearing his own cross,” 19:16-17.  “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit,” 19:30. Now our Lord and Savior has finished the work of the cross.

But still yet we ask, “Who caused the death of Jesus.?”  The answer is both humbling and it is also piercing.  The first part of the answer is simply this, “Jesus went to the cross willingly because this was His plan for the redemption of man.”  John 10:18, “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.  I have authority to take it up again.  This charge I have received from my Father.” The second part is the piercing part, “And again another scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced,” John 19:37. Certainly we know the soldiers looked on the Son of God.  Certainly we know the religious leaders and the common people looked on the Son of God.

However someday, so will I look on the one I pierced with my sin.  It was my sin that drove the nails in his hands.  It was my sin that caused My Lord to drink the cup of God’s wrath on the cross.  This is a piercing blow.  I did it.

In this moment, I cannot do anything less than praise Him who paid my debt.  I cannot do anything less than present my life to the one who paid my debt.  I cannot do anything less than live with the present reality that someday I will see Him who paid my debt. In that moment I will fall before my Lord and cry out, “I am so sorry for piercing you and I am so thankful you were willing to do what I could not do.”

I encourage each of you to praise Him and present your life to Him today.

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