"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
A powerful blow of the mallet forces the spike through Jesus’ crossed feet. His body contorts and His quivering lips reveal the pain He’s absorbing—yet no sound is heard from His lips save the gasps of quickly taking in air as a reflex to the impact of the nails. His blood is now running onto the ground at a steady rate—the earth soaking up the blood of its Creator.
Yet in all this word-defying scene of horrendous torture, there is an unmistakable presence of peace surrounding this middle cross. Though unseen, it is undeniable. This Man is like no other that has ever hung on a cross. There is a Presence about Him. In spite of the cruelty, the ghastly sight of blood, and the stark disregard for human life, dignity pervades this scene! Something is happening here which defies description. A transaction is taking place between heaven and earth that will profoundly affect all of history.
Suddenly, as He looks to heaven, Jesus breaks his silence,
“Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
All eyes quickly turn toward Him. What did He say? “Father, forgive them?” Forgive those who had driven nails through His body? Forgive those who had ripped His flesh with the whip? Forgive those who were wasting His very life’s blood on the ground! Forgive them? Did they really hear Him right? Yet, the words were unmistakable. He was asking God to forgive the very ones who were torturing Him. Continue reading →
The Roman soldiers had nailed two men to their crosses; ignoring their shrieks of pain, the soldiers rest. It was hard work to kill a man on a cross. One more Man—and the hardest part of this hideous work would be done. One more…
But this One was different. Some of the soldiers had noticed the way He had taken the scourging without crying out like most men did. The soldiers who had been at the trials had noticed the way He didn’t answer trumped-up charges, refusing to dignify such accusations with an answer. The times He did speak revealed His deep inner peace. He seemed to be drawing strength from a Source they couldn’t identify, yet was very evident.
However, the supreme test was about to occur.
The soldiers get up, shift their armor into place, and start to form a circle around Jesus. But then they see something that they have never seen in all their years of crucifying men. Jesus—of His own will—moves over to His cross and stretches Himself out on it. He then extends His hands and Continue reading →
Recently I learned that 3 Christian schools in our town were now full to capacity. This increase is an encouraging sign for our area. I hope it indicates that parents may be waking up to what the real effect of humanistic education is—confusion. The battle over whether men can be in women’s bathrooms is now rampant. It is irrefutable evidence that when you leave God out of the education curriculum and methodology the end result is confusion! The Bible names the world system “Babylon”. The word Babylon literally means “confusion” (just one more time when the Bible is proven to be exactly right!). Because we have, more and more, left Biblical education in the last 80 years, we are reaping the confusion we’ve sown in America.
We simply must recognize that there is an all-out war against Christianity in our culture—and that it is been happening much longer than most realize. In 1934, John Dewey, the father of our current education system in America, wrote of his hatred for Continue reading →