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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Friday, 24 October 2014

Why?


Why did he do it? As the news broke that a gunman was on Parliament Hill this week and had shot a soldier my first thought was why? It was the same thought I had on 9/11, the same thought when Sandy Hook Elementary School was attacked my a lone young man. Why? The truth is I may never understand the answers to those or a myriad of other seemingly senseless acts.
Why is a question we seem to know how to ask from the start. Our first three words as little humans seem to be 'momma', 'dadda', and 'why?'. We seem to have a built in need for things to make sense yet we live in a world where they don't.
Last night a friend sent me a video to watch. In Coquitlam BC there is a ministry called 'Home Team'. Once a year they choose a needy family and completely repair/restore their home all for free.

I am sure that when the family gets back into their "new" home and the reality starts to sink in they must ask themselves "why?" Why of all people did they choose us and why do they do this anyway?
While Jesus was dying on the cross at the hands of people for whom He had done nothing but bring healing and help He must have been tempted to ask Himself "Why am I doing this?" Men and women in the crowd like His own mother and others who loved Him must have been asking "Why is this happening?" Still others who believed Jesus had the power to save Himself from this humiliating, grotesque, and painful death must have been asking "Why isn't He doing something?!"
So many "Why" questions.
12:2,3 Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
There are many why questions we may never know the answers to like: Why a young man from a seemingly good stable family in Moncton NB lure police into a quiet neighbourhood just to shoot them?
However when it comes to the question of why Jesus permitted Himself to be caught and beaten and spit on and mocked and nailed to wood and hung to die we know the answer to why. He did it, He endured it, for love. He did it because when everything including the sun went dark that day in His mind a picture burned brightly. It was the scene when the gates of His Father's house would swing wide open and undeserving families (like that family in Coquitlam) would walk through. It was the scene where His nail scarred hands would reach out and embrace long lost children who have finally made it home. He did it for the joy that was yet before Him just as mother's go through labour for the joy that is to be theirs, only better. Eternally better. Consider Him. Consider a love that staggers the mind and melts the heart. Consider Him today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter...

Here is the video from Coquitlam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlUm9_WQLbM&feature=em-upload_owner

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