February 17, 2022
Love is one of the most powerful emotions we have. The actress Joan Crawford once said, “Love is a fire but whether it warms your heart or burns your house down, you can never tell!” Love can motivate, give pleasure, hurt even destroy. It can make us do bold, even stupid things.
During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier’s fiancé had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking. When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands. Cromwell’s heart was touched and he said, “Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight!”
As Christians, portrayed in the bible as brides of Christ, who is the Bridegroom, we too have a lover who gives us life because of his sacrifice. Human love is always flawed and scarred by sin. Indeed God’s love is pure and focused. His purpose is to redeem His fallen creation and to restore that creations’ relationship with its creator.
In Stockholm, Sweden, a woman was injured as she rushed to catch a streetcar. She stumbled in front of the moving car and was caught beneath it. The police sent for a crane to lift the car off her body. While waiting for the crane, a crowd of people gathered out of curiosity. One man pushed through the crowd, crawled beneath the car, and said to her, “Take my hand.” As she took his hand, she felt warmth and courage. This calmed her and prevented her from going into shock. After the crane arrived and the woman was released, she said, “I never thought an outstretched hand could mean so much.”
When Jesus was dying on a cross that sat on a hill called The Place of the Skull he reached out to one of the thieves being crucified next to him. He was saved. He reaches out to you even today. Are you willing to take his hand? God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light