Friday, April 06, 2007

The Courage of Christ


He was a teacher. He was a humble preacher. He was the son of God Himself. The Roman Empire, the power of the day, reluctantly sentenced the humble teacher and preacher to death.

So the humble man went forward to die for our sins. Your sins and mine were washed away with the sacrifice of the humble son of God.

Think about that man and that day long ago. The Son of God humbled himself and had to courage to go through the torture of crucifixion. Jesus Christ would be beaten, humiliated and nailed to a cross.

Think of that pain. There was the Son of God Himself, whipped by Roman soldiers, and after that whipping, Jesus carried the cross he would be nailed upon up Calvary.

Crucifixion was no merciful or quick death. The nails were driven coarsely through one hand and then the other, and then through the feet. The Son of God hung on that crossed and suffered. Then a thorn was put through his side and he was mocked as “King of the Jews” by the Roman soldiers.

How tempting it had to be to our Lord to call down a legion of angels and wipe out those who treated him so badly. Yet, our Lord did not do that. He knew he had to go through that humiliating death to wipe our sins clean with his blood.

Think about what many of us would have went through. Would any of us go through such a painful ordeal for our fellow human beings? After standing and preaching for peace, Jesus met a cruel death. His death was made all that more cruel in that the people he came to save were the very ones who demanded his humiliating death.

What courage Jesus Christ had! Too often we forget the courage of Christ. The story of him taking a whip and running the money changers out of the temple is lost as well as the courage of Christ in his last day. He took a beating that many of us would cringe under. He took the pain of the nails into his flesh. He had the power to cry out to angels to end it, but he had the courage not to do so he could die on that dark day for our sins.

Today, this so called Good Friday, remember that brave man who took the beating and the humiliation so we all could have our sins washed clean in his blood, the blood of the lamb.

Sinner that I am, I am proud to proclaim my devotion to the man who gave up so much to save us all. It humbles my heart to think what Jesus endured for me and for us all. Jesus Christ is Lord, and it is a great thing! I proclaim him as my Lord and Savior without apology. If the PC crowd does not like that, well, I just don't care. Chirst had the courage to endure so much for me, and I just can not forget that.

20 comments:

  1. Yes, Jesus is Lord, and Rev. Al is his righ hand mand, along with Rev. Jesse and Rev. Ike.

    Can you deal with that.

    Also, Jesus wants Barry Bonds to break the homerun record so black people will be empowered.

    Jesus was black, you cracker! Find a black Jesus to portray next time, cracker. What are you going to do when you are at the Pearly Gates and a black Jesus greets you?

    Ty

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  2. Jesus was a liberal Democrat.

    Check the record and you all will agree.

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  3. Jesus would vote for McCain!

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  4. west_rhinoApril 06, 2007

    And we suppose Ty will tell us next that whitey stole slavery from the black african Egyptian pharoahs and blame the Jews as well.

    Ty, you're just another Uncle Tom making excuese for the Italians that put Jesus on a cross cause he was a Jew, and skipping His message that YOU alone are responsible for YOUR actions and accepting His word and living by it.

    Instead, as a dog returns to his vomit, so Ty returns to his follies.

    Ty, enjoy your free trip around the Sun, but keep listening, the Son is still speaking to you.

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  5. Well done, Brian, and Happy Easter to us all!

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  6. I am listening cracker. You crackers can not accept the fact that Jesus was black. Jesus was black, Jesus was black.

    I believe Jesus is Lord, and he forgives me for what I do the white women, but you crackers had better accept Jesus is black.

    As for the vomit thing, you sound like my grandmama who raised me. She was always so negative.


    Ty

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  7. west_rhinoApril 06, 2007

    Ty, maybe you'll discover that your Grandmother was right as you mature. Til then, as Paul said, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."

    And on behalf of your Grandmother,
    "From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult."

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  8. excellent piece.

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  9. Jesus Christ would have never went to war in Iraq!

    Peace

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  10. Crackers for Chirst? This is sad. You know the only thing we got of the Cracker Christian view was beliefs from old preachers that slavery was okay.

    Rev. Al and Brother Farrakhan stood up and not more of that bullshit.

    Do you crackers really think Jesus was one of you?

    Read the Da Vinci Code. Jesus was a player.

    Ty

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  11. Brian,

    Best thing I have read on any blog all week.

    The wife and I would love to get in touch with you and catch up.

    Trey

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  12. Again, Brian, love you as a brother, but this stuff has be moderated. Jesus was a playa? Come on. That is going way, way too far.

    You got to cut these people off.

    Back to the little one.

    C

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  13. Didn't Ron Wilson nail you to cross when you did not show up to debate him? Ron Wilson is right about race. We have to keep blacks in their place, and we sure know how to keep you in yours, darkey Brian.

    Praise the Lord for how we dealt with n-lover like you.

    Sam

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  14. Ty and Sam, you are both idiots. Jesus is Lord. Go figure it out.

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  15. Again, Ty, believe The Da Vinci Code and you're showing that your grandmother's words fell on def ears. Jehovah allows U turns, but there is a place for fools that like to follow the good intentions paving company.

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  16. Very well written. I enjoy your writing. Thanks for the breath of fresh air.

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  18. Jesus is Lord, and you are a good man for telling his story. Don't let the Devil get you down.

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  19. Yes, anon, Jesus is Lord. But, I am afraid the Devil is hard at work to mislead us all.

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  20. Get this clear. Jesus was a black man. Doubt that? Just look at America today and see who gets nailed to the cross..it is the black man.

    You crackers do the nailing, we brother do the bleeding.

    Ty

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