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Thursday, November 25, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 25




Today I am going to step aside and NOT make it all about me.  ;)


I read this today and decided to share it here.  This is what I am most thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving.




Jesus was born crucified. Whenever he became conscious of who he was, he also became conscious of what he had to do. The cross-shaped shadow could always be seen. And the screams of hell’s imprisoned could always be heard.

This explains the resoluteness in the words, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:17-18)
The cross explains …
Why he told the Pharisees that the “goal” of his life would be fulfilled only on the third day after his death. (Luke 13:32)
It adds gravity to his prophecies, “I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:15) *
This is why the ropes used to tie his hands and the soldiers used to lead him to the cross were unnecessary. They were incidental. Had they not been there, had there been no trial, no Pilate and no crowd, the very same crucifixion would have occurred. Had Jesus been forced to nail himself to the cross, he would have done it. For it was not the soldiers who killed him, nor the screams of the mob: It was his devotion to us.
So call it what you wish: An act of grace. A plan of redemption. A martyr’s sacrifice. But whatever you call it, don’t call it an accident. It was anything but that.
From the newly released 
God Came Near: Deluxe Edition
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1987) Max Lucado

On a side note:  Imagine if we had 364 days of Thanksgiving and only one day for complaining....instead of the other way around.....think about it!

6 comments:

  1. One day for "complaining"...hmmm, that would be wonderful...but don't think your Dad could manage it! LOL
    BUT it behooves us all to practice being thankful EVERY day for we DO have so much for which to be thankful.

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  2. Hello and thank you for following me at my mad blog. What a great place you have here :) I loved the idea of only one day of complaining....Hubby wouldn't find anything to talk about for most of the year. Look forward to reading more and lovely to meet you.
    Carol from www.facing50withhumour.blogspot.com

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  3. first time visiting your blog; I absolutely loved this; I am glad you shared it; lots of wise ones to ponder on today (and Max Lucado is a favorite author of mine :)

    I also like that 364 days of thankfulness and 1 day of complaining. That is a very wise statement to try to live out indeed!!

    added myself as a follower; looking forward to getting to know you more!

    betty

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  4. Hi, nice blog! I'm following from the blog hop. I'd love a follow back at www.mikaspantry.blogspot.com
    Thanks! Mika

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  5. Hi, nice blog! I'm following from the blog hop. I'd love a follow back at www.mikaspantry.blogspot.com
    Thanks! Mika

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  6. first time visiting your blog; I absolutely loved this; I am glad you shared it; lots of wise ones to ponder on today (and Max Lucado is a favorite author of mine :)

    I also like that 364 days of thankfulness and 1 day of complaining. That is a very wise statement to try to live out indeed!!

    added myself as a follower; looking forward to getting to know you more!

    betty

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