What price heaven? bondage

 

Dear Reader, the road to the cross is not for the faint of heart. Reflecting on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus is hard, but how can we come into a closer relationship with Him if we don’t dig a little deeper? Let us go on this difficult, but necessary, journey together.

Tom is a man of many useful skills thanks to his dad and Boy Scouts. One of his handiest skills is tying knots. He’s aces when it comes to fastening securely with only a short piece of rope.

 

Did you know, Dear Reader, that most natural fibers for making rope are grown in tropical areas? Access to the necessary fibers seems to have made rope the tool of choice in ancient Isreal. The main plant fibers, hemp, manila, sisal, and coir, are used for their specific qualities (strength, being waterproof, ability to stretch, and resistance to salt water). 

(Uh-oh! Sounds like my social studies teacher brain is kicking in. Don’t worry, it won’t last long.)

Some of the uses for rope, or cordage, include building ships, constructing monuments, surveying fields, securing tents, basketry, and of course, restraining prisoners. Unfortunately for prisoners, the qualities of natural fibers don’t typically include softness.

Dear Reader, have you ever found yourself in bondage of some sort? Bonds, ropes, chains intended to be sturdy with no thought of gentleness. Restraints that force you to go where you didn’t want to go?


 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
​Matthew 27:2 NIV

Ropes, chains, many things have the power to bind us. Lack of resources, imposed biases, cultural norms. They can restrain us from going where we long to just as easily as they can force us to go where we don’t wish to.
Dear Reader, Jesus knows exactly how it feels. 

He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,
    and no one cared about his fate.
He was put to death for the sins of our people.
​Isaiah 53:8 GNT

And yet, or perhaps because he had known bondage, Jesus chose to pay the price of heaven for each of us.

 

 

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