"So here I stand, [hands] high in surrender, I need you now. Hold my heart, now and forever, my soul cries out. Once I was broken, but you loved my whole heart through. Sin has no hold on me - 'cause Your Grace holds me now. " (Click here to listen to Whole Heart, Hillsong United)
This morning I woke with that song playing in my head, and I took a moment to sit in the quiet, and just listen and let my heart soak in the promise of Grace.
When Jesus was in the midst of the desert temptations, he was, as its explained, at his physically weakest. Tired, hungry, thirsty, alone, and I think, emotionally raw. You see, Satan tempting him wasn't some big evil monster with flaming red horns and a pitchfork.
He was Lucifer - one of the most trusted, one of the bearers of light created to bring Glory to Jesus and His Father. Lucifer was heartbreak, and betrayal, and sadness, and loss - all in a suave, smooth-talking, beautiful figure. When he met Jesus, I wonder if Jesus experienced the heartbreak of loss, the piercing pain of betrayal?
If so, Jesus answered with the most powerful weapon He possessed - Words straight from His Father's mouth. Words that protected while they loved, words that challenged as they bolstered, words that cut through lies even as they offered wholeness and healing.
And I wonder, when Lucifer left him, did he leave with a bit of sadness himself? Did he hear those words and recognize the love and healing and restoration that even then he was being offered?
If at that moment of pain and struggle, Jesus' first response was to stand tall in the words of His Father, who am I to offer less?
Continue in our study with us today at She Reads Truth: Meditation & Memorization
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Eph 2: 4-5)