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Micah 6:8 NIV
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the
LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk
humbly with your God.
God, it appears, understands how human beings learn. It seems
we learn best by example, not by precept. So our Lord did not give
us just the Mosaic law to follow, but also gave us the examples of
the great men of the Old Testament. The supreme instance of this is
at the Cross.
Micah tells us that God has shown us what is good:
begins with justice. What many fail to realize is that the Cross is
very much an act of justice. Sin must be atoned for; the atonement
must be full payment for the sin. That happened at the Cross alone.
is also an act of mercy. We do not deserve the forgiveness of our
sins; nor can we in any way earned that forgiveness. It must be done
as an act of mercy, the grace of God.
Humility? Consider that our Lord Jesus Christ is eternally God. But
he came down from heaven, became like one of us, and took on himself
the life of a human being. He who spoke and the worlds began walked
the dusty streets of Palestine.
So may I suggest to you that as you prepare for communion this day
you meditate upon these things:
consider how great your sins are. Do not attempt to justify
yourself, but look at them as God would see them. Recognize his
justice and the price paid for it.
consider how great is the Father's love. His one and only son was
sent to die for you; can there be a greater love than this?
Finally, please consider that he did this in the greatest of
humility. The Cross is not an act of pride; it is an act of love.