The Art of Easter's Disciple

An improbable messiah, Jesus the Christ stood before the raging masses.

Condemned under the filthy thoughts of humanity - but clothed in His pure rags of humility, truth and personal dignity - justice was withheld from this suspended Son of God.

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that He be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. (Luke 23:23)

The crowds abused in unison while Heaven wept in silence - yet Jesus would still bless them, despite His brokenness!

How quickly the Place of the Skull became Jesus' confirmed destination; unhindered evil was remarkably successful. Darkness reigned.

An unconscionable Pilate had acquiesced. Herod the Tetrarch sought a messianic sideshow, while the Jews blindly chose murder for their long awaited messiah.

The heartache of that first Easter continues to this very day; for each Easter the King stands before the world, and each Easter He is still treated as a criminal and slain in hearts afresh.

The sight of Easter is to reveal the burden of sin,

the light of Easter is to reveal the blindness of the soul, and

the might of Easter is to reveal the power of resurrection.

However somehow still - the cruel eyes of the crowd are clouded to the caring eyes of the Cross. 

How difficult it is to recognise greatness and goodness when it is clothed in rejection and rags!

The art, indeed the heart of the disciple is to humbly gaze upon His rags.

A soul sensible to another's miseries, wants and nothingness completes the picture of the cross.

Today's Soul Snippet:

"Praise of Jesus is outward evidence of an inward relationship." ~ Michael Cartwright

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