October 15, 2012
Today's Photograph . . . . The Ground Would Have Been Saturated With His Blood (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. (NIV)
My son, Caleb, and I had just finished dropping the deer off at the processors. We had it strapped on to the roof of the Yukon, so the vehicle was a mess! We had mud splattered everywhere on the vehicle (love those dirt roads), and now we mixed blood into the equation ....on the roof, on the windows.... We were a bit of a spectacle.
As we were returning home, we stopped by to get some gas, and there was a fella on the other side of the pump who was looking at us like we were fleeing from a crime scene or something.
I took the squeegee to the back window, so that I could look out my rear view mirror. It took me scrubbing and scrubbing to get through the blood/mud mixture that had dried on there.
It was then that I realized why the guy was looking at us so strangely! Blood was smeared everywhere, and he was obviously uncomfortable with that!
I find that often in Christian circles, people try to paint Christianity as being kind, gentle, and tame - which certainly there are kind and gentle aspects.
However, when Christ died for us, it wasn't a pretty sight, and it wasn't tame. Actually, it was gruesome and violent. He had endured great pain and suffered immensely. He would have left a trail of blood to the cross. At the foot of the cross, the ground would have been saturated with His blood.
So, why dwell on this? Because each of us needs a wake-up call or a reminder at points. Jesus paid a price!!! He sacrificed for us!!! Our salvation is not without a price!!! He endured pain, so that you and I could have eternal life!!! It was only through His blood that our salvation was made complete.
Take some time today to reflect on the horrific scene of the cross and remember that Jesus was willing to pay the greatest price of all for your and my souls!!!
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Remember when tracking in the dark to have someone stay at the last blood spot and mark it with tape or toilet paper, while someone else continues to move forward in the tracking process. It's easy to get lost in the dark while tracking, so make sure to mark your spots well. It'll be your way out when you are done.