I Put Him On The Cross

There is hope and promise in a Biblical Worldview, peace, and joy because one knows God’s Story of rescue, redemption, and restoration. Humanity lost and eternally separated from God because of the sin that occurred in the Garden of Eden. There is security and a safe place to rest in a Biblical Worldview because God is faithful to His promises, kind and loving and not because of who we are but because of who He is. The Biblical Worldview encourages, guides, and saves. There is supernatural wisdom, understanding, and intimacy to all those who look at life and all its events through their God-given Biblical Worldview.

A Biblical Worldview builds upon God’s goodness in this world, within ourselves and for all those around us. It does not matter if they are family, friends, enemies, or complete strangers. Circumstances may be favorable or unfavorable, but because of the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, we remain on solid sacred ground and steady, holding tightly to the fact that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV).

Each decision in life, the way we approach life, our deep philosophical questions, thoughts, motives, and emotions will be filtered through some sort of worldview. What is yours?

I am not sure when God opened my eyes to a Biblical Worldview? I know now, after much prayer and study, that God has, indeed, always been with me (as He is with you), quietly making His ways known, in His perfect timing and only when we have been prepared.

As I see it, my worldview began to change after I read a pocket-sized book by Charles M. Sheldon, called, “In His Steps.” I am not sure where or when I bought it but it is a treasure, old-timey in look and in story, and sweet. I smile when I think of the characters in it and the special change that overcame them as they asked the question, “What would Jesus do?” The clearance sticker shows the cost of $3.00; it is much more valuable to me than that!

As we filter all of our everyday activities, thoughts, emotions, and choices through our Biblical Worldview, we are given divine abilities to show off God’s glory! We will bring His light to all those we meet and all by the power of the Holy Spirit, for He knows every need and He will distribute accordingly. There will be some sort of exchange between the Holy Spirit who lives within us to the person in front of us. How wonderful and exciting is this! A vessel of God’s continuous love working in and through us, in service to the Lord and to people. Hallelujah!

Our relationships will become stronger, honest, and genuine! Rather than the murkiness of self-centered thoughts, pride, and arrogance, we are free to create and nurture long-lasting bonds with the people God puts before us. We think of others before ourselves, and we love as God loves us. It is a marvelous representation of who God is, how He cares, and how He loves, and it will spread from one to the other!

What a privilege and an honor it is to be used by God!

I pray that in all areas of my existence in God’s created earth, that I will measure all that I think, say, and do against the inspired Word of God! I pray the same for you, that our eyes would be open to all those things that God has for us so that we can point people back to Him, that we would use our spiritual gifts to benefit others rather than seek self-promotion and wealth.

I cannot help to reflect back to my prayer time this morning. I was with mixed emotions in reading Psalm 35. I could not help but focus my mind and heart on the emotion and pleas of Jesus Christ as He was pursued, belittled, and tortured by the onlookers all around Him as He was led to The Skull (Golgotha), the place of His crucifixion, where He writhed in pain and bled from the nails that were pounded ruthlessly into His hands and feet, Not thinking of Himself, but of the two men on either side of Him, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And, the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last” (Luke 23:47, ESV).

Jesus was able to sacrificially endure and persevere because He knew and felt joy in the end result. His death is the fulfillment of God’s plan to reconcile humanity back to Himself before the fall of Adam and Eve. He is victorious! As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the belief that God raised Him from the dead, we are saved (Romans 10:9), not destined to eternal separation from God, but raised to life again, just as Jesus was and to eternally live with God in the New Creation.

As I prayerfully make my way through Psalm 35, I am forced to see by the living and active Word of God, that, sadly, I am part of this mocking, sinful crowd. The cries of Jesus, the prayers to His Father, and all His wounds are just as much my fault as it theirs. Throughout the generations, we all nailed Jesus to the cross! I am one of those onlookers shouting obscenities and throwing stones. I put Him there!

This is truly an awakening and I feel immediate conviction in my heart, sorrow, and shock! Terrible aren’t I?

Forgive me, Father, for I know not what I do! Forgive me for thinking it was someone else. How wicked and unworthy I am?

Psalm 35:4-6 (ESV)

“Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and
disappointed
who devise evil against me!
Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving
them away!
Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing
them!”

I am totally rotten and ashamed but so thankful for this illumination into my own evilness and ever so thankful for the infinite love of God, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who is guiding all believers tenderly and patiently into holiness. Help us, God Almighty, live Spirit-filled, Spirit-controlled lives that are pleasing to you!

I also feel anger at myself and at the world, for we have lost many years to the relentless afflictions of Satan. Looking back on my own life, how many hours, days, months and years did I waste because I gave more glory to darkness rather than to Light. This world has fallen into the hands of spiritual oppression and is blind to the magnificence of God. We so easily succumb to the enticements of the enemy and we separate ourselves from the One who saved us. The One who promised to send the Holy Spirit to live in us, to help us navigate torrential waters; He is our Advocate, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present in times of trouble! Praise God!

In this state, controlled by our sinful nature, let this old creation, our evil selves, be destroyed, let destruction come upon us. Let this tainted, thoughtless, and ugly world be led into Almighty Judgement, eradicate this unrest, discord, and greed, demolish ungratefulness, pride, and arrogance! This world is sickening and so am I!

But, you LORD…

In your mercy, grace, and compassion, you came down from the heavens in the form of a man, but fully God, and saved us. Destroying the sinful nature and bringing in a new life, a new creation, forgiven and saintly, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).

“And made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:6, ESV).

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