I lift up my eyes to you,
to you whose throne is in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.
Mark 15: 25-26 (KJV)
And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
And the superscription of his accusation was written over, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
The answer was decisive: God cannot forgive sin unless there is the red seal of His own blood stamped on that forgiveness. He can offer forgiveness only in a nail-pierced Hand. The Heart that forgives the brokenhearted must first be broken. Only out of that brokenness can wholeness come. Love substitutes itself, that the loved one be freed. . . The cross is the uncovering of the realism of love.
-E. Stanley Jones
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
1 Corinthians 15:50-52