“In my journaling time lately,” Stan began, “I’ve been focusing on Christ’s crucifixion.”
“Heavy subject,” I responded.
“Heavy,” Stan replied, “but essential to my salvation.”
Continuing, he said, “I don’t pretend to understand everything that happened that Friday afternoon, but I believe that through Christ’s atonement and finished work on the cross everything needed for me to spend eternity with God was accomplished for when it is time.”
“I don’t understand it all, but it is clear to me that some of the people who were there did not understand anything about what was going on.”
“And,” Stan continued, “their lack of understanding is an essential lesson for me in my walk of obedience.”
“How could their lack of understanding that long ago have any impact on you today?” I responded.
“In Matthew’s gospel,” Stan replied, “it is recorded that some of the people who saw Jesus on the cross said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross’.”
“So?” I responded.
“I believe,” Stan said, “if Jesus would have replied to what they said, He would have responded with something like, ‘Sorry, I can’t do that and remain obedient to My heavenly Father’.”
“Same thing for me,” Stan continued. “There are lots of things in my life that people encourage or tell me to do, but my response has to be that I can’t do that and remain obedient to what God has for me to be and to do.”
“I have to say, ‘Sorry, I can’t do that.’ But the truth is that I am not sorry at all. I am pleased to be able to be obedient to what God has for me.”
And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross. Matthew 27:40, 41.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want my obedience. I confess that too often I listen to others and are obedient to what they say rather than being obedient to you. Please forgive me. And please help me to always be open to hearing, listening to, and obeying your voice, rather than the other voices that ask the opposite. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.