September 21, 2015
The cross is identification, not just that we identify with Jesus, but He identifies with us in our humanity. God sent His Son and allowed Him to suffer, to be rejected and despised. The Bible describes Him as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Jesus was not born in a palace, but in a filthy animal stable. He never owned a house or received a salary or pension. God sent Jesus to reconcile us, to bring us back to Him, and so that we can understand that sometimes suffering leads us back to God.
Today the world is disintegrating into chaos, no peace anywhere, turmoil and unrest. The greatest message I can give you is that you are NOT alone or forgotten. When the angels announced the coming birth of Jesus, they called Him Immanuel, God with us. God is with you. The Son of God, Immanuel, is with you in every circumstance. For so many Jews, their names are recorded at Yad Vashem in memorial of those who suffered. But God wants to write our names in the Book of Life. Everyone whose name is written in that Book will never die, but live forever with Jesus in the Glory of God's Kingdom.