The story of the cross is not just a religious matter; something Christians have made up. His death and resurrection have become a reality in millions of lives who have been set free from sin and satan; from eternal death. It is an experience of a total change in one's life by the power of God, which never could have taken place otherwise. His death became our life.
When thinking about the suffering of Jesus Christ, in our mind's eye, we can see Him, the King of Kings, standing before Pilate. While the false accusations pierced His ears, Jesus spoke not. The crowd demanded a criminal to be released and thus His suffering began. Jesus was scourged, mocked, stripped, spit upon, crowned with thorns, and finally crucified. The agony on His face was not for Himself, but for us. His words: "It is finished", was Victory.
The story of the cross at Calvary is still the same, but it will never lose its power. How often we may repeat Matthew 27, it will never grow outdated, but rather will become more vivid to them that believe. Nevertheless, we will not be able to comprehend His love for us. His glorious resurrection was the crown to His finished work. And as we partake in His suffering, so also will we be partakers in His resurrection. With great anticipation we, who believe, are awaiting His return. Glory and praises to God, the Son and the Holy Spirit!
Luke 22:44... And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
I see agony in Your Holy face
and I cannot understand at all
Why You chose to save the human race
who so miserably did fall
It is Your unspeakable LOVE
I see Your Blood on hands and feet
dripping down that rugged cross
Your head, where blood and thorns do meet
Is bruised to save my soul from loss
It is Your immeasurable LOVE
I hear Your voice, a desperate cry
in anguish calling for relief
It echoes in the heavens high
It makes man shiver in disbelief
It is Your unselfish LOVE
At that God-forsaken place You died
You shed Your Precious Blood for me
to save me from my sin and pride
You cleansed me .... You set me free
It is Your Redeeming LOVE
No human will ever understand
While Your life-blood was flowing away
You still reached out Your Holy hand
To rescue those who're going astray
It is Your Godly LOVE
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Isaiah 53:6... All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
When our children were still small we used to live on the farm.
One day while they were all playing outside, our youngest daughter, of 3 years old, tripped over a
barn board and did fall flat on her belly. Her hand was stuck to
another small board because a protruding nail had pierced through the palm of
her little hand and nearly came out on the other side.
We did have to pull the board off her hand.
Of course she was in much pain and cried pitifully.
While our other 3 children were standing around trying to comfort
her, our son, of 7 years old, put his arm around her and said: "Debora,
now you know how Jesus felt when they nailed Him to the Cross." Immediately she stopped crying.
Tears were running down my face thinking how The Lord comforted us all with His tender loving-kindness,
using a child to speak the Right words at the Right time.
John 20:25... The other disciples therefore said unto him (Thomas), We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
He walked on this earth and gave His All
to help the poor, to heal great and small
He was compassionate, the least for fame
He bore our sorrows and stilled our pain.
He surrendered His will on that rugged cross
to gain us Eternal Life instead of loss
He suffered intense agony, we'll never understand
When He cried "Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani" at the end
He was Victorious, though nobody could comprehend
when He rose from the grave, showing Thomas His hand
He left us the instructions before He did ascend
and promised: "I'm with you always, even until the end."
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Luke 23:46... And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.
Matthew 28:5,6... And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Psalm 98:1-3 ...
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the Victory.
The Lord has made known His Salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the Salvation of our God.