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Saturday, May 6, 2017
But as for me...
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed,yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!"
(Job 19:25-27 NLT)
This past week I was stopped by the passing of a funeral procession, white hearse leading the long line of mourners on their way to lay their loved one in that final resting place somewhere in town. I don't often see these processions, either because I am at work when they occur, or they aren't that frequent these days. In thinking about it, I wondered upon those in the cars passing by - for the one in the "lead car" had already made his/her decision of "final resting place" by either accepting or rejecting Jesus. Those who proceeded in close succession to the hearse were those I really wondered about - for they still have their chance to make their decision as to where they will "stand" as their body lies decaying some day. It is a decision we all must make - either to accept the sacrifice of Christ, or to reject him in our stubborn pride. This is indeed the most important decision each of us will make in this lifetime! But as for me... What will the be words that follow this short sentence? Will it be the proclamation of assured trust in the resurrection power of Christ - having died in our place, making a way for each of us to stand with him into all of eternity? If not, and you are reading these words, it isn't too late to change the course of your future by changing the course of your present! But as for me.... Looking at this again, let me assure you it is all about the "me" in the sentence. Christ's coming to earth, taking on human form, suffering the most horrific death of the cross, and then rising from the grave three short days later - it was and is all about the "me" in that sentence! Nothing compares to what he has done on our behalf - not for anyone else other than each and every one of us who can proclaim it was all for "me". But as for me.... The outcome of all Christ's actions is that we will each be able to enjoy the beauty and magnificence of beholding him with our own eyes. The eyes are truly the window to the soul, for they are where we both see and what gives insight into the depths of what is within each of us. If Christ is within, then the light of the soul is sure to show through as others look within each of us. If Christ is at the center of our lives, then we are indeed the ones blessed by his presence and we can stand in awesome surrender to his will in our lives. It is all about the "me" - each one of us was on his mind as he died on that cross that day. It wasn't about him - it was all about the "me" in each of us! Just sayin!