Sometimes things I write will stick in my mind. Today it was Jesus whipped men for less.
I wrote it and then I really thought about the implications.
Jesus whipped people. And not only was it not sin, it was holiness.
Why did he whip them? They were using the name and worship of God to lie and defraud people. The worst sins are often cloaked in the church. We lie, cheat, and steal in the house of God.
But He does not forget.
We cannot see Jesus as he really is unless we can see all of him –suffering and beaten on the Cross, angered and righteous in the temple.
Our God is a man, but no ordinary man. And just as most of us have not experienced enough of his love, his tenderness, his mercy, none of us has really experienced the full challenge of his holiness.
One day it is coming.
The clean fire of love.