Lets engage a bit today!
The two words are bloody and beautiful.
What is it the first thing that comes to mind when you read those two words? (Forget that bloody rose up there!) 😛
Well for many like me whom the sight of blood makes us thankful that medicine was not even in the vicinity of our career choices, bloody and beautiful may not augur well together. I mean, think of all the beautiful things in your life, beginning with your dashing self, to the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets on this side of the Sahara, from the impressive works of artists to the smile and giggles of a happy child and let us not forget the oh so beautiful sight that is a chicken ticka pizza…yeah, so much beauty all around!
And bloody? Shall we talk about the palm Sunday deaths in Egypt or maybe the war in Syria? Or the bloodshed in our country during the PEV in 2007-2008? Or maybe the terror attacks that have been occurring around the globe? Not so much pretty huh?
Bloody and beautiful.
Bloody and beautiful.
Only one thing could perfectly match this bold description…The cross of Jesus Christ.
The cross of Jesus Christ. That tree on Calvary. That structure to where our Lord was crucified. That cross where His perfect life was taken for you and me…is both bloody and beautiful and by far the most incredible, breathtaking and stupefying thing your finite mind will ever get to encounter and comprehend in this lifetime and in the next.
I was recently going through Isaiah 53. Talk about getting vivified!
You think you know the magnitude of the sacrifice of Christ…I mean you’ve been a Christian all your life and have celebrated Easter each year and you’ve watched ‘The Passion of Christ’ numerous times…but I still think we will never fully get to understand the great magnitude of Christ’s finished work at Calvary.
“He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins.But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
That there, is beauty personified. It was bloody but still darn beautiful!
But what joy that it doesn’t end there! The beauty continues…after so much suffering and death on a cross, Jesus resurrects and His resurrection becomes the most beautiful thing we as the body of Christ will ever get to behold and experience. Like literally! Its really is the reason for all our hope and faith! Paul says in 1st Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.”
If you ask me, that beauty that happened on that bloody cross in Calvary is the reason for any beauty in me. Any pretty thing you see in me…trust that it is non of me but all of that bloody cross. 😉
And just like me, any beautiful or great thing in you, is all because of that bloody cross. Embrace that fact and live it out!
So yes, Easter is here with us, the message of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus will have us fill the pews of our churches and while communal/corporate worship is incredibly important more so this time as we commemorate the Passion of our Lord, can we make this Easter a bit more personal?
Can we take some time off this Holy week to just marvel and be filled with awe and simple gratitude, personal gratitude for that bloody and beautiful cross that makes us oh so beautiful as well?
We can call it#BloodynBeautiful4Me.…Because Easter wouldn’t be Easter without that bloody and beautiful cross.
“On the hill, there’s a cross, on the cross there is blood for me”
The Hill-Travis Greene