It is neither intellect, wisdom, charm, language or persuasive speech that brings a fallen man to his knees confessing his need for redemption rather a crucified saviour and resurrected King, our Lord Jesus Christ. A crucified Saviour draws all flesh unto himself, and the father transfers all those who believe in his name into his everlasting Kingdom of honour, strength, might, riches, glory, blessings and wisdom (Revelations 5:12). What has moved men throughout history to confess their desperate need for a saviour is Jesus Christ on the cross. Our Lord enduring the most humiliating and shameful death while looking beyond our pride and rebellious heart and pleading with the father to forgive our ignorance as a result of the dominion of darkness in each member of our body. It is the force of love manifested through his reverent submission and unfailing determination to do the father’s will that is our reason for Joy (Hebrews 5: 7).
The Force Of Love
If all rivers of human love did run together, they could not fill such another ocean of love as was in the heart of Jesus the saviour. Saint Augustine
The nature of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ is characterized by an infinite, eternal, incomprehensible love. It is is a love in which a fallen man completely separated from the father can also come to know his redemption through his perfect justice and great salvation. The word of God speaks of love as the eternal word which will never perish (Matthew 24:35). The entire christian faith is founded upon the love of the father made manifest through the submission of his beloved son unto death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). The force of love is evident throughout the course of creation, redemption and recreation of man into the likeness of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every action, every decree, and every word spoken by God has been driven by his unconditional love for human kind. It is is the most humbling revelation to come into the knowledge of the humility of Christ and his reverent submission to deliver us from the dominion of darkness (Colossians 1:13). It is in the endurance of darkness, by the one who is light that I can stand in the presence of God unashamed but with the boldness to declare that I am the light of the world (John 9:5) despite the weakness of my human heart.
Humility to Surrender
“In Christ you see one who divested himself of all glory that he might save the guilty, who came down upon the earth not seeking wealth or fame but simply seeking to do good by saving men” Saint Augustine
It is only through the humility of Jesus Christ that we are reconciled back to the father. His salvation has nothing to do with us but everything to do with his perfect surrender founded upon his love for his father. In our ignorance we grow too familiar with the death of Jesus Christ we fail to consider the fact that Jesus Christ though his submission subjected himself to a material world that came into existence through him and for him (John 1:3). At times I fail in understanding that the cross is not just a christian symbol that I’ve grown too accustomed to but it is the beginning of my life. A life created when the one through whom all things were created confined himself within a human existence depriving himself of all his God given Glory to endure the justice of God because of the pride and rebellion in my heart.
Father, Forgive them
By his will, he subjected himself to an existence dominated by the power of darkness, yet with all diligence sought the face of the father in intercession for his own people who would in turn betray and deny him. And yet in his agony on the cross he cries out father forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). What is man that a living saviour would subject himself to die on the cross for his sake. I’ve come to understand that man is nothing, salvation is not the result of any merit of man but the love of the father for his creation. It is the force of love that brings a fallen man to his knees crying out for redemption in despair over his rebellion that brought judgement on our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. By death on the cross the beloved Son sufferred the judgement of our rebellion against the perfect will of God. In so doing reunited us back to the father by the power of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16).
As the crucified saviour and resurrected king knocks at the door of your heart are you moved to repentance by his perfect love displayed on the cross?
Are you still enticed by deceptive forms of freedom that when the light of the world draws you into his divine presence you shrink back into the nothingness of darkness?
I am praying that as you hear the Holy Spirit speaking and drawing you at the foot of the foot of the cross and you see our Lord crucified for our rebellious heart, you will not harden your heart. As he continually knocks and you hear his voice that you will open the door and let his love overwhelm you so you may rejoice and give thats for the gift of salvation.