Day 7

Seeing Jesus Correctly

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth;’ who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:21-24)

This verse always reminds me of Isaiah 53 and the panoramic portrait of Jesus’ crucifixion written 700 years before it happened. The cross ought to cause us to worship in humility and total thankfulness.

A man was walking through an art gallery when he came upon a picture of the Lord Jesus dying upon the cross. He stopped and looked at the beautiful portrait of Calvary’s love. As he stared into the face of Christ, so full of agony, the gallery guard tapped him on the shoulder. “Lower,” the guard said. “The artist painted this picture to be appreciated from a lower position.”

So the man bent down. And from this lower position he observed new beauties in the picture he had not previously seen. “Lower,” said the guard. “Lower still!”

The man knelt down on one knee and looked up into the face of Christ. The new vantage point yielded new beauties to behold and appreciate. But motioning with his flashlight toward the ground, the guard said, “Lower. You’ve got to go lower.”

The man now dropped down to two knees and looked up. Only then as he looked up at the painting from such a low posture could he realize the artist’s intended perspective. Only then could he see the full beauty of the cross.

Application of God’s Truth

Today is the Lord’s Day.  Don’t let anything get in the way of coming with an attitude of humility to worship our worthy Savior.  Ask God to engrain in your schedule a faithful practice of worshiping God on the day He has provided.