Saturday, April 4, 2009

Those Who Passed By

Those who passed by blasphemed Him.
Mark 15:29

Crucifixion at
Crucifixion at "Way of the Cross Procession"

Consider the people who callously passed by the Savior as He hung on the cross.
How heartless they were!
But before we rush to judge them,
let's remember that many are still doing it today.

Those who want a cross without Christ.
Processional Cross, Marked Noe M.Guenca, circa 1575-1600 (Silver Parcel Gilt on a Wooden Base)
Processional Cross, Marked Noe M.Guenca, circa 1575-1600

(Silver Parcel Gilt on a Wooden Base)

It's possible to revere a symbol without the Savior.
Some may clasp in their hand a miniature cross made of wood or gold,
but that emblem will never atone for even one sin.
It is Christ alone who redeems our souls with His precious blood.

Those who want a Christ without a cross.

Christ At Thirty Three by Heinrich Hofmann
Christ At Thirty Three

They want a conqueror, not a dying Lamb.
They would cry, "Come down from the Cross!"(Mark 15:30).

Many desire a good example, or a great teacher, or a triumphant king.
Their gospel is one of works. They despise the gospel that declares
we are justified by faith in One who shed His blood on the cross.

Those who want neither Christ nor His cross.

The Gamblers by Caravaggio
The Gamblers

They are untouched by His sorrow,
unmoved by His suffering,
and unrepentant of their sins that He bore.
Never have they exclaimed as did the songwriter John M. Moore,
"All my iniquities on His were laid--
He nailed them all to the tree.
Jesus the debt of my sin fully paid--

He paid the ransom for me.
--Paul Van Gorder

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood--
Sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
-- Bliss

True Love by Patrick H Porter Jr
True Love

Jesus took our place that we might have His peace
Our daily bread
all posters

Have A Blessed Palm Sunday


Dawn said...

This is so beautiful, and the music is just perfect!

Cathy said...

A beautiful post, Mimi ~

Denise said...

Beautiful ..... Just beautiful..... It is the time for reflection of HIS love for us...... How could we doubt........

Maxine said...

So many want the outward but not the inward. There but the grace of God go I.

Sharon said...

Beautiful post Mimi.Blessings~Sharon Goemaere

Saija said...

how He loves us ...

blessings on you!

Dawn said...

I hope things are okay with you!