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Peccatum victus


Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
Psalms 22:16-18

This is one of the many prophecies that found their fulfillment in the person of Jesus, the Messiah, he who had to come to restore all things. The people of Israel motivated by the hate and envy of their religious leaders towards the Rabbi who brought teaching with authority, not knowing what they were doing, demanded that the teacher be crucified as a vile murderer or thief. He who came to give life was led to death. He who came to give us dignity received scorn and derision from his own people. He who came to show compassion for lost souls, in exchange, received injuries and violence. He who came to show us the way of love was hated to the point of wishing his death as the most despicable of criminals.

However, this was all part of the glorious master plan of God. In spite of all the painful and terrible suffering of our Lord on the cross of Calvary or Golgotha, it was necessary for us that he would take the place that in justice was for all of us despicable sinners without any possibility of redemption. It was you and me who had to be on that shameful cross and not the Creator of the universe. But it was necessary for him to occupy our place to achieve victory over sin and then also conquer death, which now has no power or authority over the lives of those who believe in him and who have accepted His sacrifice for all of us . On this Good Friday, let us pause to reflect on the work that Jesus Christ accomplished for the sake of all mankind. Upon reflection there cannot be but a spirit of gratitude and surrender at his feet. Thank him for everything he has done for you and correct your course to follow the path that he has set for all who are called children of God. For the wonderful work accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, only to God be the glory!

Folly


As a dog returns to its vomit, 
so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 26:11

One thing is characteristic of fools. At all times they persist in their folly. In other words, they are very consistent. They turn neither to the right nor to the left. For them this is a bad condition because it does not allow them to amend their attitude but to the wise this serves as notice and warning so they can avoid becoming involved in the entanglements that result from the crazy and absurd ideas of fools. Because of our sinful nature, the whole human race behaves like a fool from time to time for which we have to repent. Occasional foolishness is no different from any other kind of mistake or sin. Correcting the situation requires repentance and requesting forgiveness from God and from our neighbor.

What was the most recent stupid thing you did? Consider this carefully. Chances are it was something you said without much thought. Your tongue was faster than your brain and you said something that caused pain to your neighbor even if it was not intended. Or maybe you thought you’d say something funny and ended up saying something that really annoyed your friend. Thank God he always gives us a second chance to rectify our foolish acts. Perhaps we will not be able to make the consequences of our error go away. They will always be there to remind us that we need to be very careful with our behavior and our words. Let us ask God for wisdom to get rid of the nonsense that accompanies us even from the day we were born. By his grace and love God will give us the wisdom not to act like those fools who convincingly insist to show the world how stupid they are. Only to God be the glory!