Jesus Came with a Crayon in His Hand
I am the middle of three children, with an older brother and a younger sister. When we were kids, one of my favorite hobbies was getting my little sister in trouble.
Now that I have three daughters of my own, it surprises me how much they remind me of her. They love to laugh and sing and dance. They love to color and to draw.
My sister was one of those kids that would draw on anything. Paper. The table. The wall. She was also very smart. Her name starts with an “H” and once she learned to write it, she would include the “H” in her scribbles. She couldn’t help herself.
Give her a coloring book and every page would soon be covered with H’s in an assortment of different colors.
One day I chose to write on the wall myself. I don’t remember why and I don’t remember what I drew. But I do remember realizing what I had done and the consequences that would follow.
I was good at both solving problems and being deceitful, a horrid combination of skills. Putting these talents to use, I quickly devised a plan to blame my sister for the mess.
I grabbed another crayon and then scribbled an “H” in the middle of everything else I had drawn. I made it a bit sloppy. And I probably used pink.
When my parents discovered the mess I made, they never hesitated in blaming my sister. To them, the sloppy “H” was like the fingerprints on a murder weapon: undeniable evidence. She, of course, protested. And my parents, of course, didn’t listen.
I remember watching all of this take place. Her innocent pleas. Her punishment. My suffering no consequences. It was quite amazing, from my perspective.
Even though I was guilty, it was as if I wasn’t.
Our lives are filled with graffiti covered walls. What used to be white and clean and pure is now a mess. Even though we know better and even though it doesn’t make us feel any better, we keep scribbling.
Sometimes we use pencil. Sometimes we use crayons. Quite often we use permanent marker and the mess will be etched on our wall forever.
Sometimes we try to draw over an old scribble with a newer, better scribble. Sometimes we keep drawing the same thing over and over again.
Sometimes we even write on other’s people’s walls. We scribble acts of betrayal and hurt into their lives and then we walk away leaving them with a mess that we made for them.
The tough part is that the mess can’t be ignored. It is there on the wall and no amount of paint can simply cover it up. The ink simply bleeds through any paint we try to put on it.
The Divine Crayon
Jesus did the same thing for our walls as I did for my sister, only in reverse.
Instead of blaming us, he chose to take on our blame. Jesus walked up to our wall of mess and scribbled a big “J” right in the middle of all of it.
The idea is one we have grown accustomed to. After years of Sunday School classes, the song is an old familiar one that we can sing without thinking about it. But the words are so good, it is worth the time to see them as new every day.
He took the blame for all of the crap we have done. All of the messes we have made. All of the pain we have caused. All of the ways we have hurt people (even my blaming my sister so many years ago). All of the scribbles and graffiti and marks on our walls.
Even though we are guilty, it is as if we are not.
After my parents blamed my sister, they made her clean the wall until all of the scribbles were gone. And then they painted over the mess so the wall could be white again.
Now that our blame sits on Jesus, God does the same for us. Jesus cleans the wall. God paints over it. And when he looks at us, all he sees is guiltless beauty.
All because Jesus scribbled a “J” for us.
CC Image • davitydave on Flickr
- Holli Long published the blogpost A Guest Post for Grace for Moms – On Grief and Gratitude.
- John Mark Miller published the blogpost Liebster Award! – Thank You, Writing in a Raindrop!.
- Troy EdwardsOur Easter message from last Sunday can be viewed here:
- Troy Edwards uploaded a photo
- Daniel DeHart published the blogpost Review: ‘Walking with the Enemy’ Treads in the Right Direction.
- Clarence FellIngratitude
Have you heard the story of the man that got himself in trouble with the law? His wife set her life aside and gave all her attention to helping her husband get out of his legal troubles. However, as the wheels of justice slowly turned, he found himself still in jail after many weeks. He exhausted every avenue of help that he could pursue from within the jail, there was nothing left to do but hope his wife would not give up. Fortunately, his wife focused even more, sacrificed more, and gave all she had until finally she secured his release. He was delighted, they celebrated his freedom, and his joy was unspeakable. However, soon his attention began to wander to another woman and it was not long before he left his wife for another woman.
Most of us would not give two cents for a man that would accept such generous sacrifice from his wife and then abandon her. However, many people treat God that way and then expect an enthusiastic welcome home into heaven. I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed.
- Troy Edwards created a new gallery
- Troy Edwards just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Blake Atwood uploaded a photo
- Courtney Rowland published the blogpost An Ohio Egg Adventure + 10 Tips for Making Great Eggs.
- Lori Fogleman published the blogpost Baylor couple’s HGTV series, ‘Fixer Upper, begins tonight.
- Blake Atwood shared What is a Church Website Strategy?: Does your church have a website strategy? "When people talk about website strategy, the conversation dips into many interesting areas. The problem is that the word strategy means something different to different people. Thus, to have an effective website strategy, you need to define what strategy is. In this article I offer you a framework to define various levels of guidance." Read more from Stephen Morrissey.
- George BullardApril 24th Transform Congregations By Affirming Long Pastorates #365SSIFTC http://bullardjournal.blogs.com/bullardjournal_microblog/2014/04/april-24th-transform-congregations-by-affirming-long-pastorates-365ssiftc.html
- George BullardApril 23rd Transform Congregations By Remembering But Not Repeating History #365SSIFTC http://bullardjournal.blogs.com/bullardjournal_microblog/2014/04/april-23rd-transform-congregations-by-remembering-but-not-repeating-history-365ssiftc.html
- George BullardApril 22nd Transform Congregations By Climbing Out of Ruts #365SSIFTC http://bullardjournal.blogs.com/bullardjournal_microblog/2014/04/april-22nd-transform-congregations-by-climbing-out-of-ruts-365ssiftc.html
- George BullardApril 21st Transform Congregations By Focusing on the Spiritual Transformation on People #365SSIFTC http://bullardjournal.blogs.com/bullardjournal_microblog/2014/04/april-21st-transform-congregations-by-focusing-on-the-spiritual-transformation-on-people-365ssiftc.html
- Elise Hilton published the blogpost Getting chased by the Devil...don't worry: I'm running faster.
- John Mark Miller published the blogpost U: Perceptible Unity – The Mark of Great Art…and Great Lives.
- Brian Jones published the blogpost Was Jesus A Man That The Early Church Turned Into A God?.
- Serena Rice published the blogpost Prayer on the Wind: Day 24 of the April Poetry Challenge.
- adekunle ojobaro just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Wayne Stiles published the blogpost Quote from Pascal on how to measure our efforts [Quote].
- Adam Smith published the blogpost 21 Things You Need To STOP Saying At Work-Julia Winston.
- Audra Jennings published the blogpost CRITICAL CONDITION Kindle HDX Giveaway from Richard Mabry!.
- Audra Jennings published the blogpost NIGHTLINE’S Dan Harris’ 10% HAPPIER Kindle HDX Giveaway!.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost The Guys Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket.
- Mike Kim published the blogpost #09: 3 Psychological Weapons of Marketing Influence.
- Jeffrey Totey published the blogpost Movie Producers Donate to Wounded Warriors with Your Help.
- Julio Ribeiro just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Warren Robison just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Gary Weed created a new gallery
- Gary Weed just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Lyn Rossano just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Tina Jagneaux just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Jeremy Riley just moved in. Take time to say hey.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Flashback: How to Stop Victim Mentality and Thinking in Kids and Teens.