“The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself.” John 10:11, The Message
God is on a cross. The creator of the universe is being executed.
Spit and blood are caked to his cheeks, and his lips are cracked and swollen.
Thorns rip his scalp. His lungs scream with pain. His legs knot with cramps . . .
And there is no one to save him, for he is sacrificing himself.
It is no normal six hours . . . it is no normal Friday.
These words from Max Lucado remind me of how God’s love for us must be miles beyond our understanding. The Christian community and our great school observe with thanksgiving this great message of love that is free for our embrace and yet costs us our very life to live in. Let me encourage each of you when you read this to simply stop and thank God for loving you to this degree. This is no normal love that God has for you; and I simply pray that you would feel it, embrace it, and rejoice in it for we are the resurrection people by the very grace of God.