The Miracle No One Expected
The introduction: During my mile run today a beautiful fall breeze brushed against my face. It was night time and the quiet "To kill a Mockingbird" atmosphere was a delight. Refreshing. Calming. It was perfect. Ideal for thinking, meditating and sermonizing. The following was downloaded into my spiritual think-tank while running. Until a Sunday morning when this is given as an oral vessel, the best place for this inspiration is my weekly blog.
The Blog: The application of divine mercy by the omnipotent, Holy One who looks over the balcony of time with indefatigable love, will prompt the admission of many people into heaven that many of us executing and discharging a human brand of mercy will find incredibly and disturbingly shocking.
I dare not even suggest the nature and caliber of these heinous individuals who will walk side-by-side with us in heaven. Sounds odd, doesn't it? Nevertheless, it shall happen or the divine footprint, trademark and beautiful trail of mercy, grace and forgiveness sprinkled throughout the New Testament would be an egregiously prophetic lie.
If all the hell bound filth of the earth landed in hell, because they are godless, God-haters, un-churched, atheist, agnostics, criminals or what ever label we invent or choose, it would be a spiritual scandal for "divine Love" to turn it's back on the planet's loveless and Christless. Is God capable of granting mercy to the merciless, hope to the hopeless and love to the loveless?
God is good. God is just. God is righteous and he is able to love even the scum of the earth. "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended and demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," according to Romans 5:7-8. With our gray matter, His thoughts, plans and desires can not be fully comprehended. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord," in Isaiah 55:8. In the following verse Reverend Isaiah adds,"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Yes, God can and does love the loveless and those that even we dismiss and cast aside - using our various condemnation and throw-away-standards.
His judgment seat is not contaminated with our finite wheels of justice. Yes my friends, God is in the saving business and when he does, for many of the men and women saved it will indeed be a miracle. After all, no one works or earns their way into heaven. Salvation is a gift, "For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man boast." Salvation is the "Miracle That No One Expected."