Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The One the Tomb Could Not Hold

Utterly detestable was I, as He looked down from the Cross into my eyes of betrayal.

Yet He still offered His forgiveness. He still laid down His life, willing to take the chance that I would turn and spit in His face. Rejection. Knowing that I had cast lots; crushed the thorns into His flesh.

I am a thief, a liar. I am not worthy to receive one drop of blood from His brow...

...yet, He covered me.

The stone was rolled away, so that I could see. I was not strong enough to roll away the sin; it's power so great I was entombed. Wrapped in strips of death. Filthy rags.

Not Him. The cloth that had wrapped His body was neatly folded. Abandoned by LIFE. Death could not bury the Everlasting.

I stood at the door of the tomb, crying. I knew that death had me in its grip. I had known the power it held over me. I knew I was next...

...and I could not roll any stones away on my own.

He replaced my rags with a robe of Grace. I am no longer staring into a tomb, but into the Eyes of Eternal Life. Into the eyes of my Father. My Abba...Daddy.

Covered in His blood, I have inherited a home. Instead of the entombment of stone, and death...

...I now stand on the Rock of Life.

Inside me is the Holy Spirit.

Behind me is the Cross.

Beside me is my sweet Savior.

Before me is the Light of Heaven.

Where do you stand?

I pray it's not looking down into the tomb, but looking up, gazing into the eyes Peace. He is The Protector. The Advocate. The One who offered forgiveness before we even knew we needed it. There is rest waiting for your weary soul. If you don't know where to go for Easter, go to the Lamb who was slaughtered in our place. The Shepherd who is drawing you to His side.

The One the tomb could not hold.

And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him." (Mark 16:6)

Until next time,
The Carpenter's Daughter

P.S. I don't usually close with anything except Scripture, but the following quote is so beautiful, I just had to share:

"Nails were not enough to hold God-and-man nailed and fastened on the Cross, had not love held Him there."
~Catherine of Siena


  1. He did look at all the detestable stuff – the sin – the undeservedness – but always in love always in love. No? And that quote – it is beautiful Catherine of Siena wrote some amazing stuff. Women of God write theology so much different – and with so much more heart than men. You included. Anyway is “in between” Saturday – Tomorrow I wish a Happy Easter to you. God bless and keep you and all of yoursLayla.

  2. And if you can't reply - just come over and read - and reply there :) hee

  3. @Craig Oh, yes! Our precious Lord willingly laid His life down because of His infinite love for us. "For God so loved..." (John 3:16) Easter is my favorite day of the year. It completes Christmas, and fully engulfs my heart with the power of what was done on the Cross...and what was conquered through the Ressurection. There is so much hope for those who believe. :) Thank you for your kind words, and stopping by. I love hearing your thoughts. Blessings to you & yours, as well. He is risen!