July 7, 2015 | Posted in: Comment, Devotional

 

 

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Today we remember the appalling tragedy and horror of the July 7th bombings, which were committed 10 years ago.

52 dead.

100’s injured.

The untold consequences of trauma, fear and anguish still rippling through countless lives.

Easy to type. Easy to read…

Yet when you dip into the stories and accounts of what happened, what it was really like standing or sitting in the ‘ground zero’ of a terrorist bomb, it becomes uncomfortable.

Sickening, disgusting, unforgivable. All very understandable responses.

And then there is the tricky issue of ‘killing in the name of…’ and that debate still needs to be held. Yes, countless crimes have been committed in the name of all kinds of deities but at the end of the day it is one thing do something ‘in the name of…’ it is another to truly represent that ‘name’. The question is ‘does the act reflect and represent the name accurately?’

And that my friends is the awkward elephant in the room.

It follows that there are those who will place religion in the dock. The shaking fist will accuse… ‘where was God that day?’

It was Joan Osbourne recorded ‘What if God was One of Us?’

She penned these classic lines…

‘What if God was one of us… just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home?’

This is the heart of the gospel. That the infinite God of the universe entered human experience and became ‘One of Us’.

He left the ‘righteousness, peace and joy of heaven’ to become the ‘Man of sorrows, familiar with suffering’. In Gethsemane as the heavens were silent, He endured His own agonising night of trauma. At Calvery as He hung naked, bled and suffocated, He became the victim of the rapist, the child abuser, the terrorist. He was the stranger on the 7/7 trains and bus whose names we all forget.

He became ‘One of Us’. He understands. He has compassion. He weeps. His comfort is still flowing freely.

But the greater miracle is that on that Cross he not only represented the victim… He also represented the perpetrator.

Think on that…

We love the comfort of knowing He took our punishment for us… But Calvary was a once for all event. What He did for you, He also did for the terrorist that day.

All the wrath, punishment and vengeance that the perpetrators deserved, have already been delivered…

blow by blow…

to Jesus.

And so there is no longer a place for wrath, punishment or vengeance… for they were perfectly satisfied at the Cross.

In human hands these activities are weapons of mass destruction but never change a thing for the better.

There remains only room for forgiveness and love…

for these collided head on at Calvery…

and that is how the God of the universe changes everything in the ‘twinkling of an eye’…

He became ‘One of Us’…

in every sense.

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