Friday, April 14, 2017

Just The Tiniest Bit

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30

Every pain I have ever felt in my body is but the tiniest part of what our Lord suffered for us on the cross. On the judgment day I can make no claim to suffering that would assure my place in Heaven. Even at the last, Jesus mindful of every prophecy no matter how obscure or small-seeming made sure to issue one last chance for the world to abuse the One who had come to save her. That all might be fulfilled, how did He do it?

When I am in pain, I find it quite the challenge to think of others. Jesus gave the ignorant mob of scoffers forgiveness. No one forced Jesus onto the cross. Yet never were the Roman executioners in more dire peril than when they took hammer and nails to the Son of God. His obedience to God was all that saved them in that terrible moment. And yet, never were those same men in safer hands than those of our Lord Jesus, who obeyed His Father absolutely. Such love was shown on the cross that even the jeering mob of worldly powers was spared the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In our pains we suffer just the tiniest bit of what our Savior endured on the cross. I pray Lord that at all times we could produce the fruit of patience, endurance, faithfulness, and steadfast love that You showed to us on the cross. Thank You, dear Lord, for Your great love.

Enjoy a happy Resurrection Day!

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