Crucify Him!

Dear Sinners and Saints,

“But they shouted all the more CRUCIFY HIM!” (Mark 15:14)

There is something within each human being that is ready to turn violent under the right circumstances. On page 71 of the current issue of “5280 Magazine” is Anne Marie Hochhalter. She was a participant in my prior ministry. On April 20, 1999 she was shot twice in the abdomen in the Columbine shootings, and is now paralyzed from the waist down from a bullet that hit her spine.

In July of 2001, I received a phone call that Cameron Ebel a participant in the ministry where I served had been beaten in Rapid City, South Dakota. Cameron died from those injuries only a few days later.

As I am typing, there is a shooter in the American Civic Center in Binghamton, New York. It is believed that two and possibly as many as 13 have been killed.

Why do such events take place? Where is Jesus when such things occur?

First, they take place because we are sinners capable of hurting what is pure and loving just as the crowds did 2000 years ago that screamed "CRUCIFY HIM!" We are sinners.

Second, Jesus was at Columbine in Rapid City that day, and is in Binghamton right now. Jesus is willing to take a bullet with those who are suffering.

On the other side of each event of tragedy Jesus comes through the walls of every doubting heart to say, "The tomb is empty!" Jesus does not send evil our way, yet Jesus brings hope and healing out of every act of terror and violence with the promise of Easter! God keeps coming to forgive and redeem. We are forgiven sinners made Saints by the resurrection of Jesus.

Pray for those in need of healing from prior acts of evil. Be in meditation with your Lord right now upon your knees for those in the line of gunfire in Binghamton, New York right now. Ask also that the risen Jesus will lead us in the way that we might be his body in the flesh to the world. Let us be led to aching hearts contemplating violent intentions, to offer a word of Jesus’ light in the darkness.

The crowds got it wrong and shouted “CRUCIFY HIM!” However, that lone centurion that same day changed the world when he confessed as he looked at the dead body of Jesus and said, “Truly this man was God's Son!” (Mark 15:39)

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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