MAX COLLEY III
As I went through this Easter week, I reflected on my pilgrimage to Israel to see so many of the sites that make up my spiritual foundation. Some places while there were so easy to picture Jesus at and some were a little more difficult for various reasons. I also made sure to watch the movie The Passion of the Christ. It is never something I look forward to and almost have to make myself do it. To watch one person completely be beaten and crucified for 2 straight hours is not fun. It lasted much longer at the actual time. However, it is always the reminder of the price paid for my salvation, which then breeds such gratitude.
Then God gave me a real life lesson. I was at my sister Sarah's house for Easter. She has a lot of land and animals. Everyone was kind of gathering where the animals were after dinner so I went down to hang. We're talking and I'm standing up and so I put my hand on a tree to kind of balance myself on a tree that had very tiny thorns on it. One went into my thumb but didn't bleed or anything. My thumb was sore all night from that tiny tiny little thorn on the tree. Now look at the picture above. Those were the thorns that they made the crown out of for Jesus. It was a real lesson on just one tiny aspect of Jesus' infliction of what he went through.
This could become a much longer entry as we see what happens when a nation turns its face from God and are left to its own accord. This season for me is about healing and growth. I believe both are happening over time. I most likely will never arrive but am becoming more purposed to show and tell others about the love of Christ and what He did for all mankind! Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and victory over death!
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Max Colley III
Spirit Filled Jazz Musician