Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Spear by Louis de Wohl

This book is about the centurion that pierces Jesus' heart with a lance. It's an excellent book for Lent, because it focuses on each of the characters' faith journeys, and brings them all to Christ.

One scene in particular really touched me. It's right as the centurion takes the lance, and is about to thrust it into Christ's heart

"Raising the spear with both hands, he thrust it with all his strength forward and up, through the crucified man's heart.
For one split moment he thought that he had been hit by a bolt of lightening. Everything around him lighted up with terrifying clarity, and he saw the long, lean body, pale and golden, with its arms outstretched as if to embrace him, and his spear entering it. He heard a thud, and he felt the resistance, either of the body or of the wood of the cross behind it.
Then it was night again, a dark-red night splashing all over him and blinding him completely, and he staggered and would have fallen if he had not held on to the spear in the crucified man's heart.
Blood. He was full of blood. The whole world was full of blood. He was suffocating in it.
From far, far away came the sound of crying. The world was crying.
....The head with the crown of thorns had sunk on the chest.
He must withdraw the spear now. Softly, softly. Blood came flowing again, dark red - and water. Blood and water.
For some strange reason it made him think not of death but of birth."

God isn't dead. He sacrificed everything so that everyone could have an abundant life with Him. He endured horrific pain and torture, and the whole time, He was thinking about you. He forgives you for everything. Death isn't the end. May Jesus' precious blood cover you, as you seek Him everyday. God bless!

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