The cross was the ugliest thing to behold . Yet there are thousands of paintings of it around the world. If you were there you probably would have thrown up at the site of the toren bloody human flesh.
Where is the beauty in that? It is certainly not in the thought that God killed His son for me. It is not really in the thought that we the people of His creation did that to Him. I think the beauty is in the love God has for His children.From His burning desire to be in relationship with us sent His only son to to be His grace and goodness to us. . God knew us better than we know ourselves. Knowing full well what we would do to satisfy our idea of justice for turning our back on God's way ,He came anyway. We let religion take the place of relationship. Because of His love and respect for our freedom of choice He let us crucify Him.
Few of us are willing to endure the cost much of anything at the hands of another person. He laid down HIs life for us. No greater love has any man than to lay down HIs life for another. Father forgive them, they don't know what they are doing. There was no condemnation in the midst ffof the most horrific situation. I think there is beauty in that.
Have we as Christians lost the beauty of our faith. So many seem to be going around throwing our rocks of judgement at all who we call sinners. The only so called negative thing Jesus ever said was toward the Religious judgemental people.
There stance was directly opposed to HIs love for His children.
In His day they were first called the People of the way. Their way of dealing with circumstances of life was a different way of doing things. They always left a way for restoration of relationship with people. They were more concerned with the truth of the good news. Bringing people to the saving knowledge of what has been done for them that hey may accept it and live a life of gratitude.
Let us stop being preoccupied with others sin and be advocates for their relationship to Jesus. He can handle it
He handled me and you.
Let us be a people of the beautiful way......