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Millions of decisions each day in our world escalate the depreciation and devaluation of human life. Our desire to pervert freedom into doing whatever we want . . . whenever we want to do it . . . is sucking the very life out of our communities. The mistake in all of this would be to conclude that somehow God turned His back on us and left the weak and defenseless on their own. It is true that He allows us to make our own choices . . . even evil choices that drastically interfere with the physical and emotional well-being of others.
But our hope is not ultimately found in in any earthly kingdom which is why we must remember the cross of Jesus Christ . . . for that is where we find the value of life measured . . . by the very One who created life. It was on that cross that Christ took on the punishment for every brutal act of aggression, for every careless life-taking choice, for every selfish abusive act. God has no tolerance for evil and allowed His very own Son to become sin on our behalf . . . so we could become the righteousness of a just and loving and holy God.
Hear the voice of grace and mercy at His table . . .
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body’. Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” – Matthew 25:26-29
Jesus understands that our ultimate enemy is not the felon next door . . . it is the felon within . . . and that apart from His life and grace we will succumb in our weakness with no defense . . . not just for a season while on planet earth . . . but for an eternity.
This is David “JB” Miller noting that it is in times of communion when Jesus sweetly and silently reminds me that we have eternal value above all things. While evil swirls around us . . . and tries to cheapen all that is sacred . . . and we weep with those who weep . . . I find myself renewed from within.
At His table . . . I am again filled with strength and hope from the risen One . . . the One who would not stay away . . . from a world so full of . . .
. . . depreciation and devaluation.