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Monday, March 29, 2010

how far, how wide, how deep

"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
-Matthew 21:9

My heart fills simultaneously with triumphant joy and immense sorrow as I reflect over this verse. We are victorious. Our maker is risen.

But, I can't help but think about the haunting lines in How Deep the Father's Love for Us:

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

The same voices that praised Jesus as he came through the Jerusalem gates were the same voices that mocked him, degraded him, berated him, spat upon him. I woke up to this verse today, realizing that I am no different from them. I lay my palm branches at the feet of Christ, then curse him with my actions and my very own lips.

It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished

My sin held him there. I am ashamed, yet so grateful. Because His dying breath has brought me life. I know that it is finished.

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