I love Mercy. Okay, that is true but let’s back up here and start again, shall we? King Maravi of the Bhutan people sat on his throne in anguish seeing his mother standing before him accused of breaking the law. The same law that he himself had signed into being. The punishment for such was forty lashes of the whip on a bareback. what would happen? The king pondered. On one hand, he wanted to have mercy on his mother and exempt her from the punishment, the punishment that many other lawbreakers had endured before and on the other hand, he had the responsibility of seeing to it that justice prevails.
After a long while, an idea struck the king. He took off his garments, cupped his mom in an embrace and instructed his chief aide to whip him forty lashes of the whip. Everyone was shocked with that decision but in the end, with every lash that landed on his back, with every wound that was inflicted, with every drop of blood that he bled, with every ounce of pain he felt, with every tear the mother cried, justice was served, mercy administered and grace abounded.
You see, Mercy and Judgement are two words that should never be in the same sentence. This is what Ms. Julie Newman told me is called an Oxymoron. A figure of speech where two contradictory phrases appear side by side. The merciful judge, Bittersweet, loving hate, social distance, deafening silence, a clever idiot you get it, right?
God seats on His throne as a judge because justice and righteousness are the foundation of his throne. He is a just God who serves justice. Justice demanded that we be punished for our sins but God isn’t just a just God, He is also a gracious God and a merciful father. And so, when judgment pointed an accusatory finger at us when we were condemned to die because the wages of sin is death, mercy said no. Mercy said, “Hold up, there is another way”.
We didn’t have to die for justice to be served, the merciful God sent his own son Jesus to take our place, he bore our sins in his body, we received mercy but justice was served and therefore there’s no more condemnation.
We are living in perilous times, times when people turn against each other, everyone for themselves and this is a reminder that by sending his own son Jesus, God has shown us what is good and now he requires of us to act justly and to love mercy.
Listen, it doesn’t matter how bad it has been, it doesn’t matter how dire the situation is, because just as there is hope for a tree that has been cut down, at the scent of water it sprouts again, there is hope for you child of God, that things can work out again for your good at the scent of God’s mercies and they’re not limited, they’re new each and every morning and his grace abounds. Don’t give up on yourself just yet okay? Because
Child of God, Mercy Said No!