Pieta-Tears of Eternal Life

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“You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33

Keith and I just returned from Rome. The Pieta is my favorite piece of art. While tourists are pointing and snapping photos, I work my way through the crowd to stand next to the barrier that separates us from Michelangelo’s meditation in marble. Each year that I’ve returned, I’ve cried or I’ve hugged another woman who could not control the tears.

Mary’s grief became our grief.

I wonder if she was thinking about Gabriel’s proclamation about her son, the One who would be the Son of the Most High, Jesus who would reign on David’s throne.

From a mother’s eyes, I saw a woman who had experienced everything miraculous about her Son, her Savior, her Lord … from His birth, to the turning of water into wine, from raising the dead, to healing the lepers, restoring sight to the blind and song to the deaf. This was the Man who was slated to save Israel. In her lap was her Messiah. Here was all her hope, all her love, all her dreams. Beaten beyond recognition. Dead.

As she holds her Savior, her hand asks “Why?”

Why?

You and I are sinners.

Why?

The cost of our sin is death – complete separation from our Holy God.

Why?

Jesus paid the cost of our sin by living a perfect life and dying in our place – the perfect sacrifice.

Why?

Jesus’ death on the cross cleansed us from our sins and made it possible to live forever with Him – if we become His followers.

Why?

Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death.

Why?

Jesus now sits in heaven at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf when Satan accuses us of sin.

Why?

Jesus loves me. Jesus loves you.

Why?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

My prayer

Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for giving Jesus to the world as our Savior. I pray that You will fill readers with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Your sacrifice and bring those who do not know You to a saving belief in Jesus. I love You, Lord.

What blessings do you possess?

Moses

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us. Ephesians 1:3-7

As children of God, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and Jesus has lavished the riches of His grace upon us.

Several weeks before her grandson’s 17th birthday, his grandmother looked through the years of photographs she had taken of her grandson. She chose five photographs that depicted the wonder of life, celebration of holidays, and significant growth. She designed a card and wrote about their adventures together. She uploaded the card and ordered it to arrive before his birthday.

On the day of his birthday, she called to sing him “Happy Birthday,” but he was sleeping. She told his mother that a card awaited him. Then she texted him. He texted her that he would pick it up soon.

Now there was a history that birthday cards contained money. A week went by. The grandmother called to remind him that a card awaited him. He said that he would make the 5-minute trip to her house soon.

Another week went by. No grandson.

The gift awaited him. A gift filled with love and creativity. A gift of substance and provision. Yet, he took 2 1/2 weeks to receive the gift.

Once he received the gift, he realized the love, the time, and the love that the grandmother poured into the preparation of the card. He was touched and blessed.

I wonder how many blessings Jesus has for me that I have not taken the time to come to Him and receive?

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, show us the blessings that we have not taken the time to receive from You. You have lavished every spiritual blessing upon Your children, and yet, we have not reached out to You to receive the blessings and to possess them. Thank You for Your patience and the blessings that You have created for us from the foundation of the world.

What blessings are you possessing? What blessings do you need to possess?