(In The Beginning)
It seemed that a majority said He had to die.
I didn’t disagree.
I felt certain there was no other solution.
As I looked at him, beaten and in agony, I felt no pity.
- His oozing blood.
- His dripping sweat.
- His running snot, only increased my antagonism.
- His life meant zero to me.
- His name meant less than zero to me.
- He was a nobody.
I felt contempt for him.
I screamed hysterical rage at him.
The life of this human being sickened me. I guess a tiny number thought him to be the Son of God.
But really, how can anyone be so deceived?
In the world I live in Jesus is controversial.
- Some pretend indifference.
- Some imagine He can be dismissed.
- Some flaunt their defiance.
Whatever, because no matter what the opposing thought, Christ will prevail.
- Jesus will not go away.
- Jesus remains.
- Jesus is eternal.
Jesus won’t always be avoided.
Then, there will be regret.
This is just the way it is.
These troubling thoughts prepared me to do my on-air job.
I had been in Christian radio for many years. The expectation of spiritual conflict was more intense some days than others.
Tonight, I sensed a strong resistance to the truth of Christ.
This was OK. It was, also, just the way it is.
I humbly prayed. I readied myself to be wholly dependent on the Holy Spirit. Because gambling on my reason or strength assured failure.
It would be intriguing to live through this radio work shift and pay attention to what God had for me to experience.
- I involuntarily shivered as I moved nearer the microphone.
- I sipped some water.
- I took a deep breath.
- I prayed:
“Lord Jesus, order my day … direct my path, allow me to be your servant.”
I whispered, “Ready or not here I come.”
Spiritual conflict isn’t a trivial matter. I’m not flippant about spiritual conflict. This is deadly serious.
- A soul is at stake.
- Survival is at stake.
- Life is at stake
Jesus says, “You were worth dying for.”
I agree. This is a big deal. Jesus had to die. It means survival is offered.
Brad Paisley The Old Rugged Cross
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