“All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—a people who continually provoke me to my very face.” (Isaiah 65:2–3, NIV 1984).
“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ ” (Luke 23:33–34, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We are still “an obstinate people…pursuing [our] own imagination.” He held out His hands and we nailed them to a tree. And as He hung there dying, with the crowd continuing to “provoke [Him] to [His] very face” He asked His Father to forgive them. “We all like sheep have gone astray.” We all, through our own sinful lives, cried out with the crowd, “crucify Him!” We all took hold of the hammer and drove the nails into His hands. Took the spear and thrust it in His side. Yet He still He extends His arms to us saying, “whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Are you still walking “in ways not good?” Still “pursuing [your] own imaginations?” His arms will not always to outstretched. Won’t you come to Him now?