It’s April, late April, in Minnesota. Upon stepping out my front door, I found frost on my windshield. Begrudgingly, I ignored it and I hoped it would go away. I got into my car and I started it for hopefully that last “warm up” of the winter.
I went back inside and immediately this thought struck my mind; is there frost on the windshield of my heart? After letting that question sink in, I found myself allowing God to highlight the cold frosty areas of my heart that so desperately need a warm up!
“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him [Jesus] there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:33-34
When Jesus said, “forgive them Father” is it possible that he wasn’t just referring to the crowd, or to the soldiers driving nine inch spikes through his hands and feet? Indeed, it was for everyone, from the beginning of time to the end of time.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Today on Good Friday, we celebrate the strangest holiday; the slaughter of the sinless God-man. The perfection beheld in Jesus led him to his betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, all for the sole purpose of saving those most unworthy of His affection. The somber truth of perfection ransomed for the freedom of the guilty ones is the very essence of grace. This is what we celebrate on this cold Friday morning.
So I ask the question of you, is it possible that there is frost on the windshield of your heart? This question is hurled into relevance as we consider the concept of the atonement. Our guilt is was the reason for his suffering . And our apathy to that conviction from the Holy Spirit builds a cold shell around our hearts. Yet if we allow the Holy Spirit to scrape away that frost, we can see the truth.
Let us be thankful, grateful, and appreciative. These attributes honor Jesus and this is our righteous response to atonement. We aren’t un-guilty, but we have been made guilt free! Thank you Jesus, for your gift of freedom, bought through your blood, by your innocence!
2 Corinthians 9