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Mercy and Truth collide.

Posted by appolus on July 31, 2020

God the Father was so deeply wounded by Calvary. He was not asking His son to suffer and He would stand dispassionately by. How did God the Father suffer?? At the height of Calvary He watched His precious Son take all of our sins upon Him and crucify them for us and turned His head away. Yet He heard His Son cry out “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” God the Father was wounded so deeply that our minds are simply too small to even come close to understanding.

Perhaps only a parent who has watched their child suffer or die in agony can even come close to imagining the pain? And we know at that very moment, ” The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” What does the veil represent? Perhaps it represents the covering of Gods heart, His chest if you like.

When the sacrifice was complete, that which had been hidden was revealed, the heart of God. God chose to show His presence to the world through His Son Jesus. So, through the wounds of Jesus, and the wounds of the Father, we are united into His presence and can walk in the power that flows from His presence.

The Lord revealed this to me many years ago. He took my mind back to when my son, who was two at the time, was burned over 60% of his body with third degree burns. In the first few days he almost died. Part of his life saving treatment consisted of the nurses taking his bandages of every day, which was an agony in itself, and force him down into a salt bath.

I was asked to aid the nurses in this. To hold down your son, whom you love with all your heart, almost killed me, I was only 20 but my hair stared to fall out. He could not possibly understand what I was doing was to save his life, all he knew was that his father, who was supposed to protect him, was torturing him. Years later the Lord asked me to think back about this. And our heavenly Father shared with me some of His pain as He watched His Son be mocked and ridiculed, tortured and killed.

In this revelation, I was amazed that God the Father loved us so much that He allowed this to happen for our sake. If we mere mortals can feel emotional pain that is agonizing beyond words, what kind of pain can our heavenly Father feel who is the author and creator of all emotions? What manner of love is this? It is beyond our pay grade. We can only understand a portion of it and that by revelation. There is a magnificent glory that drenches our spirits when we capture in our hearts just a portion of the love that it took and the mercy that was manifested at the cross.

There is another side to that coin. One that cannot be ignored. For while perfect love was on display at Calvary, so was perfect justice. Mercy and truth embraced, righteousness and peace kissed. There is mercy to be found at the cross and it is intertwined with truth. The truth is that you and I were the nails that pinned Jesus to the cross. We are the reason that He hung there. We caused the Father unimaginable pain and suffering. This is our guilt. And when we reject mercy and righteousness and peace, we are left with the horrific truth that we are guilty as charged and there is but one sentence, eternal separation from the one who loved you.

Today is the day of your salvation. If you have not embraced God’s mercy and made peace with Him, reconciled your sinful guilty heart to His loving sacrifice, then you make yourself His enemy. It is a perfect line of justice and it is unbroken. There is only guilty or not guilty. Which one are you? Are you yet in your guilt? The sin being the rejection of a loving sacrificial God? Then there can be no further or future sacrifice for you. Embrace the love of God today while it is yet day. The night fast approaches and the darkness comes for its own.

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