m Reflections of Our Savior

Reflections of Our Savior

April 2015

 

 

Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior:

Please read Isaiah 53. Read about “Conflict.” These verses exemplify what you have been hearing about this Lenten Season. “Conflict under the Cross.”

Our lives are full of conflict. Have you ever been betrayed? Denied? Accused? Blamed? Slandered? If you answered “Yes” to any of those, you have had to deal with conflict. (By the way, raise your hand if you have dealt with all of those.)

Our lives are full of conflict. Have you ever betrayed, denied, accused, blamed, slandered someone else? (OK, don’t raise your hand on that one, but take a long, hard look at your own heart.) If you answered “Yes” to one, two, a few, or all of those, then take it to your loving and forgiving God in prayer—in personal, private confession, and seek His mercy and forgiveness.

Then trust in that forgiveness for yourself knowing that all of those things happened to our Savior Jesus. Also be assured that He was only on the receiving end of those awful sins—that He never betrayed, denied, accused, blamed, or slandered anyone. Our perfect sinless Savior went to the Cross to pay for our sins, to earn forgiveness for our sins, to heal us from our spiritual wounds, whether inflicted upon us, or by us. “By His wounds you are healed.”

But there is another conflict ever present in our lives. It is not conflict with others, but conflict within ourselves. No, you cannot avoid conflict by avoiding other people—other sinners. Some may think that if we lived by ourselves, like hermits, or monks, we would have real peace. Not so. I remember a movie starring Tom Hanks called “Castaway.” In the movie, he plays a man stranded on a desert island. The plot of the movie, of course, is all about conflict. It absolutely oozes conflict. Yet, in real life, our conflict would even be deeper than portrayed in the movie. That is because our conflict is with our own sinful nature.

“By His wounds we are healed.” Our Lord’s forgiving love and mercy apply especially to our own personal, private struggles known only to God and ourselves. Our Lord’s forgiving love and mercy apply especially to those sins of heart and thought that we know, and even the ones that we may not even recognize, yet. Remember that when you go to your Lord in prayer for forgiveness, take with you your whole self, all your baggage, all your guilt—inside and out, and dump it off at the foot of His Cross. That is where He overcame all the conflicts we bear in our lives “under the cross.”    

Pastor Johnson