Messy. I can only imagine how messy it must have been in ancient Israel when the priests were called upon to sacrifice animals to atone for the sins of the people. The priest had to dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it on the altar. He had to pull out different organs and place them in their ceremonial place. Can you imagine the sight? And the smell?
Messy. It certainly would have been messy to be an onlooker as Jesus was being beaten with a whip, to watch the flesh tear away from the muscle and the blood splatter. Jesus’ crucifixion was bloody and horrible.
Messy. Real life is messy. Some people think that we have become too sophisticated to believe that Jesus’ death 2000 years ago could have anything to do with God and our relationship to him. Many think that we would be better off if we sanitized our faith. They think we should do away with the messy.
But real life is messy. The crucifixion of Jesus does many things. One thing it does is show us that God is willing to enter the mess to be with us and give us the help we need.
God is not afraid of the messy things. God steps right in to love us, be with us and rescue us in the middle of the messy things in this life. You don’t have to hide them, or pretend that nothing is wrong. God sees where you really are and the real mess you are in. God is looking for you to invite Him in so that He can help you clean up your mess.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC