March 24, 2016
Jesus is crucified. Or HE let them crucify him. They ridiculed him saying “He saved others, but he can’t save himself.” The truth is that he can save himself, but chose not to in order to do what must be done for all people. He could have let go and came down from the cross and judged everyone on the spot to their doom, but he chose to die instead to save everyone.
Jesus asks me to do the same, to choose to die to save others. This is tough, but it must be done, if not out of the heart, at least out of the mind, and with the help of the Holy Spirit. I saw something this morning, a homeless man picking up cans and bottles. I have recently stopped giving money to the homeless, because it didn’t feel right, seeing some of them smoke cigarettes as well as saying some nasty things. So, I stopped giving for a little bit. But just because there are a few bad apples, does not mean all apples are bad. There are homeless people who are simply abusing others, but there also seem to be homeless people who are hard at it. When I saw this man this morning, I wanted to give him something, but realized I left my wallet in my apartment. When I went to get it, he was gone. Now that I think about it, this was the Holy Spirit telling me something, and I was not prepared.
Application: read the bible for 30 minutes