FORT WORTH, TX, April 21, 2011 – Tomorrow is Good Friday. It represents the gift given to all of us.
Good Friday is a gift?? Yes.
It was the day Jesus was tortured
so bad that He didn’t look like a man anymore. He carried the cross on His
mangled body from the palace of Pontius Pilate to Golgotha, nailed through the
flesh to it, and then died.
Three days later He rose from the
dead conquering Death, Hell and the grave.
Yes, this is a gift. It is the
gift of Hope.
Doesn’t make much sense, does it?
But that is the gift that was
given by One to us all.
From Hope all other gifts are
possible. And the Hope that Jesus gives is available to all people. No matter
who you are or where you are at in life it’s yours for the taking.
You don’t have to change a thing
about yourself to get it either. Jesus meets you right where you are.
My beliefs firmly state that all people were created by God, and
that evens the playing field of human worth.
They also state that all humanity is responsible for the
torture and death of Christ; not just one group of people. Just a couple of
chapters when Pilate ordered the torture and crucifixion Jesus states,
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
This means that if Jesus forgave
the Jews and Romans for what He suffered, then no
one else has the right to hold it against anybody else.
According to scripture Jesus
accepted His burden freely
for all human beings. Not just a certain few -
and no one forced Him.
He is the perfect Lamb sacrificed
for our sins; taking the punishment so we wouldn't have to.
This is what is in my heart but I
also respect a person’s right to believe what they feel is right for their
While it is an abstract ideal,
one can get a sense of putting their hands around it. Once you grab on to Hope
life becomes instantly more bearable.
Hope is yours to keep unless you
let it go yourself. It is not taxable, wiped from your mind, or stolen without
your consent. It’s truly one of the things in this world you really do have
Hope for a better life is
essential when looking for the passions within. And I for one believe that God
created each of us for a specific purpose, or even purposes. Hope is the fuel
that gets us there.
Hope comes in many forms. Jesus
became Hope and He wants us to do the same for others. Be someone’s Hope. For
those broken in heart and mind. Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 express what it
means to those who receive that support:
“For I was hungry and you gave me
something to eat…” (Matthew 25: 35-36)
Look beyond the obvious for other
things that all humans hunger for.
What about the souls who have
brains that don’t function properly? What about people who face such agonizing
circumstances that they cannot see past the pain? Put yourself in their shoes:
“…I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink…”
What is thirst? Webster’s
Dictionary lists craving as one definition of the word.
Is someone you know craving
comfort and understanding? Love and acceptance? We all do from time to time.
Remember that when you are called upon to put yourself out of your comfort zone
And if the cost seems too much
for you just remember that treating others with basic respect and
dignity fills many a belly and quenches the greatest of thirst.
And Jesus said,
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you
the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you
did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)