Jul 5

The movie "The Passion of the Christ", directed by Mel Gibson.  Seen here, the left hand of James Caviezel as Jesus, during crucifixion.  Initial theatrical release February 25, 2004.  Screen capture. © 2004 Icon Distribution, Inc. Credit: © 2004 Icon Distribution / Flickr / Courtesy Pikturz.  Image intended only for use to help promote the film, in an editorial, non-commercial context.

Good morning!
Text: Luke 22-24; Ecclesiastes 5
It is always gripping to read one of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  The love, justice and power of God are all on vivid display.  So is His mercy.  The heart of mercy is never more evident than in Jesus’ words when He was being crucified:
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus has been beaten, mocked, scorned and is being brutally killed.  Every fiber of my flesh would want the perpetrators stopped and punished.  But the heart of Jesus is to plea for mercy for His tormentors.  That same heart is the one that sought us and brought us that we might receive mercy.  It was our sin that put Jesus on that cross, and our need for mercy is no less than that of those pounding the nails.  What a wonderful, merciful Savior, blessed redeemer and friend that we have in Jesus.  Thank you, Jesus, for saving our souls.
in Him, Mike