It’s a very big day. For shoppers, at least.
Black Friday. Sales. Deals. Drastic cuts. A shopping day to make one’s heart race.
All is well. (Indeed.)
Meanwhile, there is this:
Good Friday. The crucifixion. The substitution. The redemption. The superlative act of gracious, undeserved, breathtaking love.
These words I have spoken to thousands of people regarding the Creator’s love: You take God’s breath away.
You. Take. God’s. Breath. Away.
The Creator of the universe – who set the stars in place, who suspended the planets in the spheres, who ordered the species, who painted the landscape with unimaginable life – that God, that Creator, that infinite source of power, majesty, and grace – – – well, He finds us each (and oh, how can this possibly be?) breathtaking.
Indeed He does.
Utterly. Thoroughly. Completely.
What manner of love is this that He should love such as I?
And yet He does.
So then it should come as no surprise (but oh, it does – comes as a surprise that I cannot fathom or comprehend or grasp in my tiny hands) that on this day, more than 2000 years ago, He would demonstrate this endless, boundless, ceaseless love on the cross.
But He did.
For those He finds breathtaking.
For me. For you. For us all.
We take God’s breath away. Once and for all at the cross. Each and every day in his love.
“At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice:
Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachtham?
Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” (from Mark’s gospel)
You take God’s breath away. That is how He loves – on that day, on this day, and on every other day that will ever be.
All is well. Indeed.
[All content copyright Crystal Kirgiss.]