Beholding the Brilliance of Our High Priest

images (5)The Christ as High Priest

When we think of Jesus, our thoughts usually gravitate to Christ our Savior or Jesus the Good Shepherd; we probably don’t meditate on Christ the High Priest very often. Why? Because we scarcely understand the magnificence of what it means to be a High Priest. Let us behold the glory of our Priest/King by looking at His Priesthood.

Because of length, I cannot address all of the facets of a high priest. So I will make this simple and yet eye-opening at the same time. I urge you however to make this a Bible study endeavor, for the riches contained in this truth are simply awe-inspiring. The Book of Hebrews sheds an abundance of insight into Christ as our High Priest; so I encourage you to study and meditate on Hebrews with a commentary along side, as Hebrews can be quite a book to absorb.

First, I want to address the role of the high priest in a general way. In the Old Testament, there was a system of communication. In order for God to speak to the people, He would use a prophet. The Lord spoke to the prophet and the prophet then spoke to the people or king or whatever the case would be. So if you can imagine a stage with God at the back of the stage, a prophet in front of Him and a crowd representing the people in the audience, we can simplify the relationship and visualize it in our mind’s eye. A prophet faces or stands before God, then turns around and faces the audience and speaks to the people of what God shared. The prophet stands between the people and God and is facing or speaking to the people after facing or speaking to God. The priest on the other hand, starts by facing or dwelling among the people, and then faces God. He now stands between the people and God and faces God as the people’s representative. The prophet represented God to the people; the priest represented the people to God.

The point is that the high priest was not only presenting but actually representing the people to God. If the high priest was pure, then God accepted the offering for the remission of sin and blessed the people; if the high priest was impure, then God rejected the offering and the people could expect an awful year! And in some cases, the high priest would be struck dead…that’s harsh. But the quality of the High Priest in ancient Jewish history was the key! The entire role and benchmark of the High Priest is found in the Book of Leviticus.

So again the model worked like this: God spoke to man through a prophet; man came to God through a high priest. The nation rests in faith when they have a good and upright priest, but there is a problem. What if the priest gets side-tracked, or what if the next priest in line to follow is a hell-raiser? And we know eventually that any human high priest would eventually die. So the blessing or curse of the nation rested in the quality of their high priest!

Let us now gaze at the beauty of Christ as our High Priest. He is not only eternal, but also perfect. Jesus as High Priest will never die, is perfect and free from sin, and is in love with His people! In the new covenant, when the Father looks at His people, He looks into the High Priest of His own Son. The people are represented by the ultimate High Priest; when the Father sees His Son, He sees YOU in His Son. This is an astounding and immense glimpse into grace! You are righteous because Jesus is your High Priest, and He is filled with righteousness. It is not what you do; it is what He has done. Submitting ourselves to Christ ensures our righteousness, and forever places us in a loving relationship with the Father. This, my friend, is part of the new covenant.

We must always remember to look toward Jesus instead of ourselves. We must take the emphasis and focus off of ourselves and place it unwaveringly on Christ. Only by beholding Him with unveiled faces, can we be changed glory to glory. Can we see the connection?

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Why is Christ the perfect High Priest? Notice in the Old Testament, specifically the Book of Exodus, that Moses was NOT the high priest; Aaron was the high priest. But why? Moses was the leader, so why not make him the high priest? When the Israelites were in captivity, Moses was living in Pharaoh’s palace and later in a foreign land, but Aaron was among the people, suffered with the people, and lived with them day-to-day. So in God’s wisdom and design, only a person who can effectively relate and empathize with the people is destined to be a high priest. So it is with our High Priest! He lived and moved amongst us, breathed our air, touched our pain, and tasted death. We can see this in the life of Christ on earth recorded in the Gospels and it was foretold by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 53. What better high priest than One that has felt all of our pain and suffering and weakness? This is astounding and quite a picture of how brilliant the design.

Another ray of light in this sparkling diamond is the fact that Christ is seated at the Father’s right hand. Why is that significant? Does it really matter whether He is seated or standing? Glad you asked!

For Christ to be seated, the work would have to be finished. If there were more offerings or pleadings or more remission of sins necessary, the High Priest would have to keep the system in place. But alas, when Jesus cried out on the cross, “It is finished”, He really meant it. In the Old Testament, the priests would rotate shifts, as it were, to constantly keep the system going 24/7; they never “took a break”. The only way for Christ our High Priest to be seated is if the work is finished. And my blessed child of God, if you are in Christ, then all the work has already been done for you to approach God as a son or daughter of the Most High! The Father won’t judge you, because you have the ultimate High Priest. And He is there for eternity and is unchanging!

For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” John 5:22-23

May we dive deep into this eternal truth and drink the living waters that set people free, for freedom is the call. All who would be free, must know that Jesus Christ loves His people, will never leave them or give up on them, and is the High Priest that is worthy to be praised. The real kicker here is that we now have unfettered access to the Father because of Christ. Without Christ the High Priest, we would have to crucify Him over and over again to atone for our sins! But the work is done…because He did it all…

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So we honor you Christ Jesus and find our rest in You and You alone. We thank you Father for Your incredible love for us that You sent Your only Son to us! We bless You Holy Spirit for dwelling amongst us and guiding us to Truth! Our High Priest has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. Thank you Father, thank you Jesus, and thank you Spirit. May we all stand in awe of Your unfailing love and brilliance!

Jesus Weeps


Introduction: I wrote this poem about 15 years ago. I wrote it after trying to re-connect with the church when my wife and I decided we needed to “start going to church”. I was slammed with the reality that one cannot find God in a church. Although now I understand much of what confused me at that time, I still feel we lean on the institution more than on our individual realtionships with God. As a popular song these days reminds us, we must pray that our hearts be broken for what breaks His heart. Jesus never asked people to come to Him in a building; He rather went to where the need was, He met people where they lived, where they suffered, and where they loved. My prayer today is that we be more like Christ and be His hands, feet, and heart. Then and only then will we begin to approach what He so desperately re-created us to be. Don’t invite people to your church until you have invited them into your prayers…

Little Sarah shudders,

the cold sweat stings her eyes;

she has learned not to cry…

it doesn’t help…nothing helps.

She can’t sleep because mommy’s gone,

took too many hits…

She can’t rest because daddy’s gone,

gave too many hits…

Sarah’s clammy, petite body convulses;

and one involuntary tear pushes through, and

creeps down her face slowly,

reaches the end of her chin,

and drips onto the white sheets…

Up above, the Man is on His knees,

“Oh Father, must she suffer?”

Jesus weeps.

Ms. Jenkins laughs,

she stares out the window

waiting for her precious girl

to come and visit.

She waits and waits,

and laughs…again.

The laugh has more pain than a scream,

her heart keeps sinking deeper

into the abyss of loneliness…

she can actually, physically feel it.

Her eyes fixed on the gravel driveway

no dust today, no gusts today,

no reason today, no purpose tomorrow.

Reaching for the bottle of pain killers…

this will surely kill the pain-forever.

He stands with His head bowed,

His hair drenched, His eyes bloodshot

“Oh, Ms. Jenkins, sweet woman, don’t…”

Jesus weeps.

Pastor Klein stands up,

opens his notes on right and wrong,

his heart is hard and callused

He values his preaching more than love…

so he chooses to teach sin.

sin, sin, sin

don’t, don’t, don’t

The people are weighed down,

the hymns are simple prelude,

the offering most important,

the numbers, the dollars, the sin.

Hopefully it only lasts an hour,

thank God for saving us they say

their hearts drowning,

thank God for loving us they say

their hearts drowning

“They will know we are Christians by our love.”

their hearts drowning.

Jesus pleads before the Father with arms held high,

the nail prints in His wrists

bleeding and bleeding

His heart drowning,

“Forgive them Father”

They crucify Him again and again…

Jesus weeps.

The price is paid.

The pain is still being paid…

No physical torture could ever near

the daily suffering of a broken heart…

it keeps breaking,

He keeps bleeding.

Our intercessor is faithful and true,

He loves us and is always there for each of us…

But we ignore Him with His broken heart.

Jesus weeps.

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James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)

Exhortation: A pastor friend of mine told me something magnificent and sobering on the phone the other day. He said, “You know, we talk a lot about how Christ suffered, became human, was persecuted, and ignored even by His own people. But what about His Holy Spirit here today? Does the Spirit not grieve? Does the Spirit not deal with the same situations, calamities, and persecution that Christ did?” Wow, that is a real profound meditation! So let us embrace the reality that just as Christ taught, mainly, that just as He suffered and was persecuted so are we if we choose to follow Him. Are we suffering the burdens of the lost the way He did? Or are we sitting back on “Christian cruise control” until His return? If we are waiting for God to move, shouldn’t we consider that maybe He is waiting for us to move? Just a thought…

The Fear of the Lord and Revival

I have been duped; maybe you have been fooled.  For many years I have been taught that the “fear” of the Lord is not what we would associate with terror or being scared.  We have heard the “softer, gentler” version from the pulpit as not to offend.  We have listened and accepted our teachers’ idea of “fear” meaning a “profound respect”…not so much a scared to death fear, but a placement in our hearts of God being above us…something like, “God is God, and I am not”.

As I was reading in Acts this morning, I noticed in chapter 2, verse 43, that as the first church began to grow that part of their rapid growth was due to signs and wonders.  These signs and wonders in the context of the chapter are as follows:

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.  Then FEAR came upon every soul, and many WONDERS and SIGNS were done through the apostles.  Acts 2:42-43

In this context, can we not see that the prerequisite to the manifestations of God’s glory was indeed fear?  Also notice this verse in Acts 5.  The context of this verse is where Ananias and Sapphira “cheated” in their offering and lied to the assembly (essentially lied to God) about giving all that they had.  As most of us know, they died on the spot when their heart was exposed:

So great FEAR came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

O.K.  Now that is fear!  The people looked on as a person’s heart was exposed and then struck down.  Wow, that’s harsh.  So I decided to look up the Greek word for fear in Acts 2 and compare it to the word for fear in Acts 5.  Because let’s face it, I know I desire revival in my country and know that a major part of revival is signs and wonders (the manifestation of the glory of God).  I see clearly that before the manifestations of the glory there must be true repentance.  That was the case then, that was the case in all revivals (or great moves of the Spirit), that was the case in the Great Awakening in America, that was the case in the Second Great Awakening, and that must be the case if we want and pray for another revival in America.  So I had to see what this fear means, for without the fear of the Lord….there can really be no true repentance.

The word “fear” in both cases in transliterated Greek is phobos (Strong’s 5401) which means TERROR, DREAD, THAT WHICH STRIKES TERROR.  Why has the preacher skipped this part?  Why do we shy away from the reality that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge”?  The previous quote is Proverbs 1:7 and the transliterated Hebrew word for fear (Strong’s 03374) is Yir’-ah and means the same as the Greek word phobos…literally terror and dread.  So, to even begin to have wisdom or to even entertain the idea of revival, we must fear (be terrified, be full of dread) the loving God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

Not too long ago, I had a taste of this fear.  It was not poetic, it was not joyous, but it was profound…and it scared the crap out of me!  I stood trembling under this spirit of true fear.  I told my wife and some friends that it was like a horrific car crash:  it wasn’t like I was in the car driving and then being obliterated; it was like witnessing the car crash just inches from the impact.  If you have ever witnessed an accident up-close and personal, then you know what I mean.  If you haven’t then I can give you another example.  Remember the horror of 9/11?  Remember how helpless you felt, how you could only watch and be carried away in the dread of it?  It was like that.  Knowing that people were being burned alive, knowing and watching people plummet to their death, and knowing that the cruel hand of terrorists was behind all of the death and destruction.  Helpless, frozen in terror, frozen in time, it all felt so very surreal.  That is what the Lord allowed me to experience in the spirit.  By the way, just in case you are wondering, God did NOT cause this horrific event…I’m just drawing on your experience.

Now I ask you, do you remember how our communities responded?  How people banned together?  How prayer vigils broke out all over town, and how people flew the American flag off their vehicles and in their lawns?  Whether it was a BMW sports car, a soccer-mom minivan, or a rusted out pick-up truck…we all flew our flags!  After great tragedy, we all had an acute and powerful sense of unity.  This is how revival will feel.  After great tragedy, we stop caring about another’s denomination, we don’t have time to discuss theological, traditional, or doctrinal differences, and we honestly don’t have the interest in drawing lines and building walls between ourselves.  We simply hold hands in unity!

One thing in our country that causes me great sorrow:  nobody seems to fear God anymore.  Our society has basically given God “the finger”.  Nobody it seems respects the Almighty as the Almighty; we would rather paint a narrow version of a benevolent God.  I know the Lord is love, the Lord is light, and the Lord is Spirit; but He is also the God of judgement and demands that His people fear Him!  It is what most learned teachers call “Divine Tension”…it is what it is…and I cannot rewrite the Bible or paint a different picture for us.

We know that we live under grace in what most refer to as the “Church Age”, we know that it is the “goodness of God that brings a man to repentance”, we know that Christ Himself said in John that He did not come to condemn the world, but to save it, we know that God loves us so very much that He made the sacrifice of His Son for us, and we know that it is love that ultimately saves our souls.  However, to reject that love and God’s offering is of terrifying consequences.  Hey, I know this isn’t “sexy”, I know this post will inevitably be my “least popular”, I know that no one wants to contemplate judgement, but if not me…then who?  Who will stand up for truth?  Even our loving Savior told us to “not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).  Notice the wording in Matthew, “is able”…whew!  Dear God, we know You are able, but have mercy upon us!

One day, sooner than later, the Church Age will pass.  One day, judgement will follow.  How important is it to understand the terror and dread that awaits?  Is it important to focus on love or fear?  The answer ironically to both is…yes.  It was the fear of judgement that brought Nineveh into repentance, it was the fear of judgement when Jonathon Edwards delivered the famous sermon “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God”, it was fear that descended on Jerusalem at the inception of the church, and it will be fear that ushers in the next revival.  Don’t shoot the messenger!

So how does this reality in Scripture play out in your church?  When was the last time we had a reality check in this matter?  How long will we tolerate apathy in the church?  How long can we tolerate America’s rebellion against God?  What should we do, or say, or how should we act, in the light of what is to come?  How many warnings and symptoms must we point to so as to bring us into a true repentance?  Is it too late?

Look, I’m not trying to accomplish anything here other than remind my Christian brothers and sisters that Christ’s sacrifice was for a reason.  I want to help bring into perspective the reality of what has played out over the history of time.  Nobody wants to stand up and say, “Hey, wake up you adulterous church and repent of your sins!”…I know I don’t want to.  How many people would join a church that preached God’s wrath?  How popular would you be at your Bible Study if you ranted about God’s judgement?  How long will we be O.K. picking and choosing parts of the Bible that appeal to us instead of painting our Creator in the light already provided?  We want revival, but are we willing to accept God’s terms for that revival?

So I challenge the people of God:  Do you know the fear of the Lord?  If you don’t, then I suggest taking a little time and facing the reality of what it means to be a Christian.  Are you a fan of Jesus or are you a true follower?  Have you accepted the “terms of the covenant”?  The problem here is that this is NOT the “fine print”…it is scrolled across the top of the covenant in bold, bloody letters!  The blood of Christ was shed and His body beaten beyond recognition so that the Father could dip His pen in the blood and write a new covenant…we can’t appreciate and embrace grace without first appreciating and embracing judgement.

We do not live under judgement at this present time; we live under grace.  But when the Church Age has passed, we are going to be held accountable as to what we have done with this grace.  We must be vigilant to present the Gospel in black and white…no more grey!  We have the Scriptures as a guide, and should not pervert the gospel one iota.  We must present the gospel in love, for that is a great commission.  But if we truly love someone, then we should not lead them astray or give them a false sense of security or a pleasant picture of God only.  There are some deep and sometimes confusing mysteries in the Bible, the gospel is NOT one of them!

Hope I didn’t ruin your day.  I hope that God will speak to your spirit and remind you that He is still God and He will never change.  The next time you take Communion, think about how profound His sacrifice really was…

Be bold my brothers and sisters, clothed in righteousness, and bathed in love,


Dear Papa,

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This post is from my heart. Most of my readers know that I fill my offerings with Scripture and base all of my teachings on the inerrancy of the Bible. This post is based in biblical truth, but rather like a tea bag infuses water to become tea, so will this post be infused with Scripture. I have had an epiphany. I won’t bother with Scriptural backing. If you need said proof, just ask in the “comments” section.

The Preface:

Today, as I sat and thought about my life and my relationship with God, I realized something very profound. God the Father has totally been ripped off!

What do I mean?

What I mean is that we are so dull of hearing, so hardened in our hearts, and so totally devoid of holy vision that we miss the whole point.

Most of us, and me included, point to Christ; we worship, dedicate our lives to, and bend to a Savior. This is not bad. This is necessary! Christ is our Savior. Christ is the first-born from the grave. He is our cornerstone. Jesus paid our price that we could not pay. His Name is above all names, His glory above all glories, His righteousness is our free gift through faith, and His atonement is the FINAL price for sin. But…



But what?!

The “but” is that it isn’t about Christ’s glory or our glory. It is about the Father’s glory! If you don’t believe me, then you haven’t truly grasped what the Bible has recorded. In the end, Jesus hands the whole of what He has bought to the Father! Just as we cast our crowns at Christ’s feet, so He hands over the entirety of redeemed creation back to the Father.

So we celebrate Christ, as we should; so we celebrate His sacrifice, as we should. But do you realize that Jesus Himself told His disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer? In that prayer, it says, “Our Father”; it speaks of “Thy kingdom”, it finishes with the most incredible words in the Bible: “For Thine (the Father!) is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.” It is the Father’s kingdom! It is the Father’s glory! It is the Father’s power! Forever and ever!

Even Jesus Himself speaks many times that He does not speak His own words, but only what the Father speaks, that He does only what the Father says to do, and that the “Father is greater than I.”

Take a breath my friend. Theology will choke you if you let it. Why must I make a distinction between the Father and the Son? And, as you all well know, I am a teacher of the Holy Spirit. So why make a distinction between the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? Why?


So, if just for a moment, let us focus on Father.

The Revelation:

There is recorded in Genesis an account that points to a great and life-changing picture of a father. His name is Abraham.

Let your mind and heart open to this reality. Abraham always wanted a child, always pined away at the thought of a son. Yahweh promised Abraham a son and promised him that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham so badly wanted this promised son that his wife acquiesced to his desire and actually took things into her own hands by letting Abraham sleep with their servant Hagar. Hagar birthed Ismael, and the rest is history. But this was not God’s plan.

God told Abraham that Sarah, his wife, would birth a son. The problem was that Abraham was very old and Sarah was very old as well. Biologically speaking, Sarah had passed her child-bearing years. But the fact of the matter is that Abraham believed God, against all odds and against the reality of Sarah being way past the time of conceiving, Abraham believed God! In the book of Romans, Paul tells us that because Abraham believed God and believed that God was powerful enough to “make good” on His promise, that it “was accounted to him as righteousness”. God at one point told Abraham to look up into the sky and observe all the myriad of stars; God told Abraham that he would be the father of so many people, that the number would match the number of stars. Can you imagine what was going through Abraham’s mind at that time?

So incredibly, miraculously, and against all odds, Sarah conceived and gave birth to Isaac. The Bible tells us that Isaac was the apple of his dad’s eye. Abraham’s love for Isaac was deep; Isaac was the most important thing in Abraham’s life. The promise of God, the fruition of all that Abraham was about, and the consummation of a covenant that is as sweet as honey to the tongue, was all fulfilled with the birth of Isaac.

So we can all just wonder in amazement, as surely Abraham did, as Yahweh asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Huh? Wha? Did you just ask me to…to…to put a knife to Isaac’s throat and bleed him out on Mount Moriah? Really?

God’s answer: yes.

That night must have been just awful. I can picture Abraham praying and struggling with his decision as Sarah and Isaac slept completely unaware of the carnage and pain about to transpire. I’m sure Abraham was weeping and pleading and seeking a solution from the Lord that would not require that Isaac be sacrificed. The worst part was that Abraham himself would be the one wielding the knife!

As Isaac and his father journeyed to Mount Moriah with some servants helping them along the way, I’m sure Abraham was just dying on the inside. At some point, Abraham told the servants to stay back; the boy and he would finish the journey up the summit alone. As they were carrying all of the necessary ingredients for a sacrifice, Isaac looks up at his father and asks, “Where is the sacrifice”? Abraham answered in a most profound manner; he said, “Jehovah Jirah”, meaning, “God will provide”. Basically Abraham told his son that Jehovah would provide His own sacrifice. Isaac had no clue that he was to be the one offered on the altar. I wonder if Abraham understood the profundity of the now most wondrous name of God, Jehovah Jirah?

Isaac must have been absolutely horrified as his own father bound him to the wood of the altar. Isaac must have been weeping and begging and pleading for his life. I’m sure Abraham was weeping as well and shaking his head in horror. Which is worse, knowing you are going to die at the hands of your father or a father about to slit his own son’s throat?! The pain and agony of the whole situation is unthinkable, untenable, and impossible to empathize. All that Abraham was, all that he would ever be, and all that he lived for was about to be removed from his life by his own hand. Every heartbeat, every breath, and every hope was bound up in the child that God Himself had promised to Abraham.

With tears clouding his eyes, with horror coursing through his veins, and with trembling hands, Abraham lifts the knife into the air, takes a deep breath of resolution, and commits to the treachery because of his immense love and devotion to Yahweh. Just as the knife hovered in the air, an angel stops Abraham and tells him that God has provided His own sacrifice. In the thicket, on the ridge behind them was a ram, and this would be the sacrifice…or would it?

Many centuries later, in the same exact spot, God DID provide His own sacrifice, the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

The haunting I have been dealing with lately revolves around the Father. When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ. Do we even fathom how the Father felt about His one and only Son leaving the heavens? The angels declare “good tidings and great joy to all people”; but the Father didn’t find it to be good tidings and great joy! Dad just let go of His boy.

As Christ stood before Pilate, He told Pilate that He was volunteering His life, that no man can take My life, and that His kingdom is not of the earth. Paul tells us that it was for the “joy laid before Him” that Christ laid His life down. Jesus could see the full plan of redemption, He could see the future glory of God and man finally ensconced in an eternal embrace of love and communion.

John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son”. That is some serious love folks! Just as Abraham was horrified by the thought of putting his own son to death, so the Father was horrified by the thought of putting His own Son to death. Not only did the Father have to send His Son to die, but the Father also had to take out the punishment of all mankind on His own Son! And even after taking the brunt of all judgment out on His Son, the Father had to turn His back on His Son in His worst moment as Jesus cried out, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken Me?!” I’m sure that shout echoed throughout heaven and completely and totally broke the Father’s heart. The pain of crucifixion and abandonment on one side; the pain of forsaking your own Son on the other. Which is more painful?

The Conclusion:

We can never understand how close the Father and Son actually are. In pure truth we must understand that they are literally ONE. Just as the Bible tells us that a husband and a wife “become one flesh”, so is the relationship between the Father and Son, but even deeper than that! All we can compare their relationship to is what we have modeled here on earth: the relationship between a man and a woman in love, the relationship between a child and a parent, or even the relationship of dearest friends that would easily lay their life down for the other. But the Bible tells us that all of these relationships pale in comparison and do not capture the intimacy between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are literally ONE!

So how badly did it break the Father’s heart? How painful was it for the Father to “provide His own sacrifice”? We will never know. But, this has been haunting me and God is allowing me to get at least a glimpse of this unbelievable truth. It makes me weep uncontrollably, it makes me sad for my Papa, and it makes me understand His great love for me…and for you. I fall on my face in undressed shame that God would do such a thing for me. I am undone and wrecked by His unbelievable suffering for my sake. We are so unworthy! But the fact remains, Papa did the unthinkable.

So as we celebrate our King and Savior, remember that it is joyous for us but painful for daddy. Always remember the message of the cross. The cross is awful, bloody, unthinkably painful, and a symbol of a love that surpasses even the best words to describe. The good news of Christ was not good news for dad. It cost Him everything. Get it? IT COST HIM EVERYTHING! He laid His own precious Son down to buy you back. What Abraham didn’t have to do…God did…

Dear Papa, I love you so much. Thanks Dad for buying me back. Thank you Father for not turning your back on this unappreciative mess of a human. Jesus, my brother, my King, and my Savior, thank you for obeying Papa. Holy Spirit, my counselor and guide and comforter, thank you for sharing this truth with me and pouring Papa’s love deep into my heart.

Oh my God!!!! I am so undone.