Friday, March 19, 2010

God was accused of blasphemy

Christ has come from the eternal heart of his Father to a region of sorrow and death;
that God should be manifested in the flesh, the Creator made a creature;
that he that was clothed with glory should be wrapped with rags of flesh;
he that filled heaven and earth with his glory should be cradled in a manger;
that the God of the law should be subject to the law;
the God of circumcision circumcised;
the God that made the heavens working as a carpenter for Joseph;
that he that binds the devils in chains should be tempted;
that he, who owns the world and everything in it should hunger and thirst;
that the God of strength should be weary;
the Judge of all flesh should be condemned;
the God of life put to death;
that he that is one with the Father should cry out of misery, 'My God, My God why have you forsaken me?';
that he that had the keys of death and hell should lie in another man's tomb;
that his head, before whom the angels cast their crowns, should be crowned with thorns;
that his eyes, purer than the sun, should be shut by the darkness of death;
those ears, which heard nothing but the hallelujahs of angels and saints, should hear the blasphemies of the crowd;
that mouth and tongue, that spoke as never any man spoke, should be accused of blasphemy;
those hands, that held the sceptre of heaven itself, should be nailed to the cross for human sin;
his every sense irritated,
with the spear and the nails,
the smell of death,
the taste of vinegar and gall,
the sound of curses,
the sight of his mother and disciples mourning for him;
the soul was without comfort and forsaken...

Thomas Brooks

Quoted in Steve Levy, Bible Overview, p. 40

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1 comment:

Jonesy said...

Martin

I was wanting to put a title to this description of our Lord. What do you think of the following title?

The Glorious Messiah Humbly Willing to Endure the Scandal of Suffering as a Man by the People He's Chosen

(I started with the title: The Scandalous Messiah. Now, I'm up to almost as many words as the blurb. Sigh!)