Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Monday, April 30, 2007

A Cataclysmic Kind of Love

"For God so loved the world . . ." that He made a plan to redeem us with a blood sacrifice. He gave the very best heaven had to offer to reclaim for His own a sinful people. Knowing that many would refuse His gift, He gave it anyway. Knowing that others would accept without allowing it to change their lives, He gave it anyway. Knowing that this Gift, this precious Gift would hurt and bleed and weep for these people, our God gave it anyway. His omniscient sight would detail how violent this sacrifice would have to be. He would see the tears in the Garden, He would see the kiss. He would see the beatings and the scourgings, the whip tails flying through the air, landing on the back of the Son and withdrawing with a tip full of flesh. The sound of the hammer hitting wood, then flesh and then nail would ring out in His ears. The cry of His beloved, calling for Him, oh how it must have pained Him to hear the anguish in that voice. He would be able to see us, the object of His affection. He would be able to see the wishy washy worship of His people throughout the ages. He would be able to see man's attempts to change His words, change His will and change His worship.
How steadfast is the love of our God for He has not given up on us. He lovingly and patiently waits for us to come to Him, to fall on our knees in penitent appreciation. He longs for us to accept His gift, the magnitude of it to cause a permanent change in our lives. How unfathomable is this kind of love? How precious and life changing?
The Sacrifice, a violent upheaval of worldwide proportions, changed the face of religion, changedthe object of patriotism, changed the independent nature of mankind. This event, this one event rocked the world and continues to do so today. The death of the Son on the cross became the very definition of love. The world cannot deny the impact! Neither should we! All day, every day, we should eat, drink and live the death burial and resurrection of our Lord. I pray that this very day more lives will be shaken by this event, more hearts touched by this sacrifice and more souls changed by this kind of cataclysmic love.

" . . . that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life "

Peace
Neva

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,
I got to work a few minutes early so decided to visit your site before I clock in.
This is a great post and a humbling one. Thank you for this.

Love ya
Pat

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked up cataclysmic because I didn't really understand where you were coming from. Now I get it!

Jean

9:43 AM  
Blogger Neva said...

Jean,
That is funny---Ned had the same response. I just asked him if he thought I should post the definition---so here it is:
"cataclysm--an enormous upheaval, often accompanied by violence, that brings about a fundamental change." I think that definition fits dont you?
Thanks for being such a faithful reader and commenter.
Peace
Neva

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a fundamental change"--yes!
We often romanticize the crucifixion. We forget the horror and the violence of this event. I dont know if you watched "The Passion of The Christ" but it brought home just how much punishment and abuse Jesus took to show his love for us. I for one, will never forget those images.
Good post here
Dan

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is always touched when I hear or watch or read about how awful the crucifixion really was and I always tell myself I will never forget, but I do.
Thank you for this reminder
Rachel

11:25 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

I guess it's time that I pull out my copy of "The Passion of Christ" and watch it again. I sometimes need this reminder of the visciousness of His death to bring me to reality. Of course, my hope is in the fact that He rose and is now waiting for me.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was very well put. I would like to use it SUnday for our Lord's table talk--if that is okay?

Carlos

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so right. Unless we realize how horrible it really was, we cannot fully appreciate the sacrifice. Sacrifice was never supposed to be pretty.
Excellent post, Neva

Carol

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,
Our lesson in class sunday was almost like this. It was very powerful. We all need all teh reminders we can get to be grateful for what he did for us.
love you both
Kel

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva
you are so good at tugging at my heart.

Lyndsay

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, amen


Dean

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im back!
I was gone on vacation and just now got caught up on your blog. I cant even begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed them. You gave me so much meat for thought.

Shari

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!


Jeneane

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing sacrifice. What a powerful kind of love.
Thanks Neva

Karli

9:01 PM  
Blogger Don Neyland said...

neva,
I personally can't make it through the Passion of Christ... I don't know if it's because I'm a wimp or it just makes me feel too worthless... either way I guess it makes me a wimp.

Good thoughts... just hate to dwell on them......

11:09 PM  
Blogger Beba said...

Good choice of words! Yes, His love shakes the world! Love that we can't resist!

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always think of cataclysimic as a negative like a tsunami or katrina but the sacrifice and love of God should have that kind of impact on us to. That is very positive. I like the way you think

Mary

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

Amazing love. Thank you Lord.
k

7:21 PM  
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