When the Bottom Drops Out

John 21:28 “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

Imagine the worst days you have had.  A dreadful financial problem, a shocking job loss, a relationship betrayal, a deadly health problem, or the shocking death of a friend or family member.  If you lived through days like this, you know the surreal bewilderment.  You are stunned and saddened so deeply you cannot even mouth the words.  Time seems to stand still during these days as your mind goes into a different overdrive and your heart is broken.  The bottom dropped out.

Now imagine living with the King of kings, Jesus Christ, the perfect lamb of God for 3 years. Day and night you are with Him as you witness His miracles, listen to His teachings, and get to know the Son of Man very personally.  He warns you that He will be put to death and also promises to rise again, but since He speaks in parables so often you do not know what this means.  He is perfect in every way, thoughts, deeds, actions, so you would never expect Him to be arrested, tortured, and put to death.

Then one day it all happens, just as Jesus told you. He is arrested, pushed around, tortured, mocked, and then put to a gruesome death. It sinks in at this point, this Perfect Lamb of God just died for all of your sins!  All those rotten sins you committed caused His death.  It wasn’t just bad luck that He was arrested and then put to death, it was you, yes you who caused His this.

God stops your mouth, puts you into a surreal bewilderment as you see each of your sins being imputed to Jesus on the Cross.  The bottom must fall out!

I spoke to what the Apostles must of went through, but I know from my own testimony that God puts us through the similar experience upon our rebirth.  He gives us eyes to see what actually happened and why it happened.  And we can only utterly grieve in silence for what we had caused by those rotten sins.  Any pride we felt before this point goes to the abyss.  With our mouths stopped once and for all, we see who our Savior is and what He did in our place.

After the bottom drops out, after we realize what Jesus did, who He is, and why He did this, we can only be thankful, eternally thankful to Him!  He died in our place!  He was our substitute on the Cross and suffered the wrath of God so we wouldn’t have to.

If you are still prideful in a religion of works, still trying to pay your sin debt, still believing you are sovereign in your choice over salvation, the bottom has yet to fall out.  You, like the many scoffers and mockers of Jesus during His day do not believe in His redemption, but the power of man over God.

Pray that God opens your eyes to see Jesus Christ and who He is and what He did!  That you see His redemption!  Without this sight, you will never see eternal life!


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