Good Friday Musing: The center point of the fullness of God’s grace and justice

Today, 4/6/2012 is the day set aside to commemorate Good Friday. Today also happens to be full moon, a night of full reflection of the sun’s light. It is an interesting combination that really points to God’s fullness in operation on this day. Good Friday is always a day of fullness. It is a singular moment that has changed all to make things right. On this day we remember what God did in that one moment that is really the center of all that went before it and all that is to come regarding the story of God and mankind.

See, there was another singular moment, one that defines all that was to come, and that was the day mankind separated from God and want to define all for self. It is the day when that which was declared as “good” became twisted. It is the day when pain, sorrow, despair, and death became realities. It was a day that earth tilted on its axis and moving more and more off centered since. It was a singular moment that needed another singular moment, the one at center when God made the way to begin restoring that which was broken, starting with allowing people to interact with God and choose to follow His ways.

Today was both a wonderful and awful day. It was a day God showed all of who He was and showed His love. Sure, some do not see the love for what it was, for Jesus endured much. All of the pain, sorrow, and betrayal of life in the fallen world, He took on. The depths of human suffering Jesus endured. The most painful death mankind ever created, Jesus went through, out of love and to make things right. This center point in time, this action, makes it possible for all to turn to God. It is a choice that is given and received by all that receive. The fullness of God’s grace and justice happen at one point in time creating this singular moment and display love and setting the scene for all to be right. Take some time and think about this center point of God fullness. This point where God reveals fully His love, and it is shown to all. There will never be any other point in time similar. It is the center of God’s plan and everything that went before and all that follow are rooted at that one point on the tree when the words were declare “It is finished.” And that which was demanded was met. This point is a great, wholly wonderful, awesome, horrible, and tragic day. A day needed because of my own desire to run thing my way apart from God.

Now, there is another singular point in time coming, the time when all corruption will be no more. The time when all of creation will be set back in proper alignment and no longer twisting out of control. For Jesus will return and set all right. All will be under Him. The worst that is, will be undone and no more. All will be made new. But that day would not be coming, if not for that one fateful Good Friday. It was a day foretold after the other singular moment, after an act of sin set death and decay in motion. So the day coming where Jesus returns and the day of corruption are met at God’s center point of the cross where relationships with God and man and enabled to be made right and God’s plan and the story of God and man plays out in full course, in all fullness, love displayed and that center point. If you not, please meet God at that center point and take His gift of grace, for there never ever will be a more precious and costly gift, that cost all.

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The true reconciliation: Comparing Tax day and Judgment Day

Yesterday was the day where everyone has to report to the United States government there income and assess the appropriate level of responsibility.  It is a day of accounting and ensuring appropriate reconciliation of the data. Up until the day taxes are do people work on adjusting the ledgers and seeing how they can reduce their share of responsibility and get most for self.  Every possible angle at reducing the cost to self is examined. Stress levels increase; conflicts arise, all over sorting through what the financial reconciliation of data comes up to.  There is relief and joy when the numbers are put together in such away that money is returned. Agony, despair, and desperation can occur when the numbers line up to needing to pay money in. 

Now there is a more important Day of Judgment and reconciliation of facts coming; the day when God will judge all of mankind. Now many think of God’s judgment to be like Tax day. Does the good behavior, selfless acts overcome the selfish, hurtful things. Is there more good than bad?  Was enough done to just make it by, am I just good enough?  Well guess, what?  God has a short form. God has a means of cutting through and sorting through everything that was done and the motives behind it.  The means of cutting through that is known as redemption and forgiveness.  God created a means by which there is no need to reconcile a balance of good and bad.  God sent Jesus to reconcile for all and pay the debt. It is as if someone with immeasurable resources agreed to pay for your tax burden if you chose to accept the offering and follow his directions.  Most people though choose to run their own life, sort out the reconciliation for themselves.  Most figure they got the balance tilting pretty well on the postive side.  Most of us really do not grasp the level of depth of own self-centeredness.

There is one true way in the judgement to come to have favorable results, move beyond self and take the gift of having it all accounted for.  Yes, it means loss of  just doing things your own way, but doing things your own way while driving down a path that only leads to a sudden extreme destructive drop-off.   In order to gain you need to give up self.  It is that simple.