“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you realize that when God entered time and became a man, the One who was boundless became bound – imprisoned and restricted by a weary-prone human body. For more than three decades, His once limitless reach would be limited to the stretch of an arm and His speed of movement checked to the pace of human feet.
Ever wonder, was He tempted to reclaim his boundlessness? In the middle of a long trip, did He ever consider transporting himself to the next city? When the rain chilled His bones, was He tempted to change the weather? When the heat parched His lips, did He give thought to popping over to the Caribbean for some refreshment? If ever He entertained such thoughts, He never gave in to them…Not Once!
Not once did Christ use His supernatural powers for personal comfort. With one word He could’ve transformed the hard earth into a soft bed. With a wave of His hand, He could’ve boomeranged the spit of his accusers back into their faces. With an arch of His brow, He could’ve paralyzed the hand of the soldier as he braided the crown of thorns; but He didn’t do any of these things.
Want to know the coolest things about what He did do?
He kept his cool while the dozen best friends He had felt the heat and got out of the kitchen. He gave no command to the angels who begged, “Just give the nod, Lord. One word and these demons will be deviled eggs.” He refused to defend himself when blamed for every sin since Adam. He stood silent as a million guilty verdicts echoed in the tribunal of heaven and the giver of light was left in the chill of a sinner’s night.
Finally, I can imagine how after three days in a dark hole He stepped out of a tomb and into that Sunday sunrise with a smile and a swagger and a simple question for lowly Lucifer – “Is that your best punch?”
But want to know the most amazing thing about the One who gave up the crown of heaven for a crown of thorns?
He did it all that for you and me!
“Grow in the root of all grace, which is faith. Believe God’s promises more firmly than ever. Allow your faith to increase in its fullness, firmness and simplicity.” – Charles Spurgeon