Friday, April 14, 2017

The Darkest Day



They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.  Matthew 27: 28-30 (NIV)

My child that I love,

            I know you have days that seem dark and the sun refuses to shine.   It feels like even though you have done nothing wrong, everyone is against you.  You can’t win.
    Believe me when I say I know how you feel.   For I also was spit at and mocked. The people of my day insulted me. I was whipped and hung naked on a cross meant for criminals.  Even though I did nothing to deserve this kind of treatment, I endured it for one reason; I love you and everyone like you.
    I didn’t suffer the abuse to prove I was God.  I am God.  I have no need to prove it.  I didn’t take on the exploitation to show I was strong. 
    No took on the shame and disgrace because I long for a relationship with the people I created, but I am also a just God, and your sin stood in the way.   I bore the weight of the sin of a world that insisted on hating me.
    Then adding insult to injury, my father (God) turned his back on me because he couldn’t look on the sin.
    So, when you have a rough day, remember it is only a day and better days will come, and the sun will shine again.  Don’t let it break you, or shatter your peace. 
    You can look to me and be stronger than the evil that is being hurled at you because I am strong enough to handle whatever they do to you or me.
    It may be a dark day filled with great sadness and sorrow; it was for me too.   But remember, joy comes in the morning.
           

Love,
                                                                                                                               Jesus