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What Was He Thinking?

by Tom Norvell

A current television commercial shows a guy going off a tall waterfall
in a kayak. He screams as he bounces against the rocks along the wall
of the canyon and finally splashes in the waters below. A couple
standing by their go-anywhere-climb-any-mountain-cross-any-river
vehicle have been watching the strange sight. He turns to his female
companion, shakes his head and says, "What was he thinking?"

Sometimes when I read the story of the cross I wonder, "What was He
thinking?" When I allow myself to consider the events that led up to
the cross -- the life that was lived, the good that was done, the
suffering He endured, the words that were spoken -- I wonder, "What was
He thinking?" When I ponder the plan that God had from the beginning of
time to be with His people and realize the way His people have rejected
Him, ignored Him, and disappointed Him, I wonder, "What was He

When I delve deeper, read further, look closer, listen more intently, I realize what He was thinking. He was thinking
of me. When He created the world with all the splendor and beauty, He
was thinking of me. When He created the animals, the trees, the ocean,
the mountains, the birds that fly, the sun and the sky, He was thinking
of me. When He issued laws explaining right from wrong that were
designed to make life better, He was thinking of me. When He entered
the hearts of men and gave them words to write that would be read for
centuries explaining what He was thinking, He was thinking of me. When
he sent His one and only son into the world to show us how to live, He
was thinking of me. When this same son, the one He loved, carried a
cross up a lonely hill and died on that same cross for the sins of the
world, He was thinking of me. When they laid Him in the tomb, He was
thinking of me. When He rose up from that tomb on the third day, He was
thinking of me. When He invited sinners to lay their burdens down and
find rest in Him, He was thinking of me.

Like the couple on the mountain trail watching a guy go over the falls
in a kayak, I don't know what he was thinking. But, when I "turn my
eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face" and realize what
He has done for me, I don't have to wonder. He was thinking of me. You
don't have to wonder what He was thinking. He was thinking of you.

God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. (1 Peter 1:20 NLT)

Tom Norvell   

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(c) 2002 Tom Norvell
Tom is the Family and Youth Minister for the East Brainerd Church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN. He is married and has two children.
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Thought For The Day:

"Sandwhich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise."-- Mary Kay Ash

Verse for the Day:

"...correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction."--
2 Timothy 4:2

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"When it's your shovel, you are in charge of the sand castle."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Between the ages of tweleve and seventeen a parent can age thirty years." --Sam Levenson

Coach's Thought For The Day

"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either a blessing or a curse."--Castenale

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once." --Jean Jacques Rousseau

Deep Thought For The Day:

"Always remember to proofread carefully to see if you any words out."


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