The look on her face was like that of someone who had discovered hidden treasure. You’re so excited you just want to share it. I will never forget the day in the car when Nikki, my second daughter, wanted me to hear this song. Joey, her big brother had introduced it to her. This created a bond with them and she knew I would love it as well. She wrote the lyrics to this in her journal after experiencing the impact it had on her.
Prior to this revelation of hers, she struggled with her faith. Nikki was a thinker and tried to understand Christianity with her mind. She always believed, and yet, it was more because of what she was taught. In reality, though, we can only apprehend understanding God with our hearts. Through this heart-revelation of what Jesus did for her, she was now experiencing God.
What Jesus did was so shocking.
He allowed Himself to be taken by the Roman soldiers and be mocked. First, the chief priests accused Him wrongly of many things. He was silent when lied about. Next, they put a purple robe on Him and twisted a together a crown of thorns and placed it on His head. They shouted, “King of the Jews!” If that wasn’t shocking enough, He endured being whipped and spit upon and treated as a criminal. The torture and shame He endured were so offensive and atrocious. It seemed scandalous. The mocking and insults continued through it all.
Although it appeared that evil was winning the battle, Jesus defeated sin and death by willingly giving His life. This provided life eternal for you and me. As a result of bearing our sins, the Heavenly Father pardoned us from the just penalty for them, which is eternal separation from God. For this reason, we were reconciled to the Father through His death.
It was on the Cross that the greatest victory of all time was accomplished. It truly was a beautiful, scandalous night. It’s a truth and reality that provides a bridge which joins young and old, extending beyond music styles. It has the power to unite people of all cultures and much more.
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging, we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.“ (Isaiah 53:4-7).
BEAUTIFUL, SCANDALOUS NIGHT
Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified
Follow Christ to the holy mountain Sinner, sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flows
For you and for me and for all
At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by his blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night
On the hillside, you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that pours
From our blessed Savior’s side
Written by Steve Hindalong/Derri Daugherty
What Jesus did on the Cross gave Niki hope at a time she was searching. It gives me hope and a reason to keep on living. My spirit can be daily cleansed and restored by the fountain of life. Jesus provided this from the wounds He endured on that beautiful, scandalous night. It flows freely for all who will come to His shore of love, and drink.
He has experienced and tasted every cup of sorrow there is and knows how to heal and comfort each broken and weary heart. If you are weary and need cleansing, come up to the mountain of mercy, go under, and be purified.
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Please remember that you are eternally loved. There was no beginning and there will be no end to God’s love for you!