REPOSTToday’s Spiritual Food for Thought, first posted on October 2, 2016, is written by Pastor David Son who pastors the Thrive Church in Taipei. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (BA) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Stay up to date with Thrive Church by following them here: https://www.instagram.com/thrivechurchtaipei/
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Would You Die for Lego Characters?”
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
As a child, I loved LEGO toys. I had chests full of legos, and the shelves and windowsills of my room were always decorated with my latest lego creations. But legos hold an even more precious place in my heart because, believe it or not, it was through legos that I had my first revelation about the cross of Jesus Christ.
I figured that Jesus coming to die for me, one of His created beings, was as ridiculous as me giving up my life to save one of my lego characters from being destroyed. As I played out various scenarios in my imaginative mind, it was obvious to me that I would never do such a silly thing. For example, if I had dropped a lego man in the middle of a busy intersection, and I could see that a huge truck was going to smash the little lego man… would I dive after it and sacrifice my life for the sake of rescuing that lego man? Of course NOT. After all, I can just create a new lego man. To die for a piece of worthless plastic—there’s no point to that! Then I began to stand in awe of how preposterous, how mind-boggling, how incredible is God’s love for us that He would die for us—His lego pieces, that is, His creation. In that moment I felt so small, but also very loved.
That was my first memory of being in awe at the cross of Christ. But now I know—God’s love is even more preposterous, and more incredible than even that. And the more I meditate on it, the more I realize how deep, how wide, and how unfathomable God’s love for us actually is!
Today, let us meditate on the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; ask God for a deeper understanding of his unfathomable love for us.
Prayer: Lord give us the grace to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Thank you for demonstrating that love for us on the cross. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: John 16