13 Apr 2017

No Shadow of Turning

Recently I preached a sermon with the title of today’s blog.  As I spent time preparing to minister the Word, the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” kept coming to me day after day.  I knew one complete verse word for word, but for some reason I felt I wanted to research the lyrics and see them in print.  Permit me to share the first verse with you.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

During this Holy Week as we honor the life, death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior, it is still unimaginable how our Lord could love us so much that He would pay the ultimate price by giving His life for us.  He knew He would be betrayed by some who walked closely by His side.  He knew full well that He would die, and He even knew the manner in which He would lay down His life.  Yet, knowing all of that Henever turned!

Jesus’ triumphal entry on His final journey into Jerusalem was different than any other time in the past.  This time He rode in as a King, He came to offer Himself one final time to any and all who would accept Him as their Messiah.

As He stood before Pontius Pilate with the impending sentence that would put Him to death, when asked if He was King of the Jews, his reply was simply “Thou sayest”.  Pilate wanted to find a way for Jesus to escape this fate, but when given numerous opportunities Jesusnever turned!

Our Savior was beaten, tortured, and humiliated by carrying His own cross through the streets lined with many who had witnessed and been recipients of His miracles.   Just a few days prior they hailed Him crying, “Hosanna”, “Hosanna in the Highest”!   Butnever once did He TURN!

From the time of His birth, to the time of His death, and to this very day our Savior hasnever turnedaway from us.  With all our shortcomings, and human frailties, He loves us unconditionally.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends.”  (St. John 15: 13)

Source: First Lady Denise