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From Humiliation to Reconciliation
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At the inhumane prison in Germany every Friday the Nazis made the prisoners undress for medical inspection. They were humiliated. The
women had to march before grinning guards. On one of those mornings Corrie Ten Boom said, “Yet another page in the Bible leapt into life
for me. ‘He hung naked on the cross.’ I had not known-had not thought-the paintings, the carved crucifixes showed at least a scrap of
cloth. But this I suddenly knew was respect and reverence of the artist. But oh-at the time itself, on that Friday morning – there had
been no reverence. No more than I saw in the faces around us. I leaned toward Betsie, ahead of me in line. Her shoulder blades stood so
sharp and thin beneath her blue and mottled skin. ‘Betsie they took his clothes too.’ Ahead of me I heard a gasp. ‘Oh Corrie, It had to
be, and I never thanked Him…’ ” (p. 196b, The Hiding Place)
It is the means by which the reconciliation of God with mankind is attained.
God knew that mankind could not live with guilt. This is the freeing from guilt and the penalty of sin.
There had to be a setting apart.
The Bible is true: We are responsible to God. He said: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!”
It has to be!
Director, Discipleship and Family Ministry, MBCB