a love like this the world has never known

i’m not a weaver of words nor am i a gifted scholar, so please forgive the simplicity of my thoughts in today’s post. even if i could use lofty intellectual words & phrases those would possibly take the focus off my thoughts, which is jesus.

our church was showing The Passion of the Christ this morning. dan & i took the little two, none of us having seen it before. after watching The Bible on the history channel the last few weeks, i knew this movie was going to leave us speechless. and spent. and in utter awe of a glimpse, just a glimpse of the suffering He bore for us. for each of us.

there were several times when i just sat there and hung my head, unable to continue watching. watching as the roman soldiers whipped and beat him. ripped the flesh from his back. over and over and over again. they crammed the “crown” of thorns down his already beat and bloody brow. how he didn’t die of shock or blood loss during the scourging is shocking in itself.

then there is the crucifixion. a deliberately slow and painful execution where the condemned is tied and actually nailed onto a large beam of wood. death is not imminent and the condemned may take hours or even days to die.

the suffering he took on to bear our sins is something i dare say any of us can even wrap our minds around. no matter how hard we try.

i think we can easily breeze over the horror of the cross. while we may believe and understand that he died for us…well i’ll speak for myself, it’s easy for me to overlook the six hours that friday where he hung on the cross. where the weight of all the sin of the past and all the sin of the future was placed on him. when the sky went dark in midday & the earth quaked and the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. it’s easy for me to hear that and know that yet to try to understand that he was crucified. for me. for you. and what that crucifixion must have been like for jesus, well that overwhelms me.

years ago when i was in nursing school, my mom actually shared with me a physicians view of the crucifixion. if you have a few minutes this weekend, you may wish to read this. 

“As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.  At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.”

 today is good friday. and yes sunday is coming. but today i encourage you to stop & contemplate the cross.

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“You took our sin

You bore our shame

You rose to life

You defeated the grave

Love like this the world has never known

On the altar of our praise let there be no higher name

Jesus son of God

You laid down your perfect life

You are the sacrifice

You are Jesus Son of God”

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God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 corinthians 5.21

 

March 29, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Tina - Your post reminded me of that great song ‘ how deep the fathers love for us’.
It was my sin that held him there, until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished!
I will not boast in anything. No gifts, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ! His death, and resurrection!
Why should I gain from his reward? I can not give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom!
Love this song so much! Thanks for the great post Paige!

March 29, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Amy Avery - This is so beautifully expressed, Paige. Thank you for sharing your “simple thoughts” although more profound than simple. The last verse you shared from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” This brings me to my knees and I think, how can we (and I am pointing the finger at myself) deny God to live in and through us to bring his kingdom about here on earth just because we feel we are unworthy? He sacrificed his only SON for us so that we may have everlasting life with him. How selfish we are to deny his love through feelings of unworthiness which may cause us to turn from him instead of embracing our imperfections and allowing him to use them to his glory. That is why he sacrificed his Son so that he could live through each one of us. We are made worthy because of HIM. How this brings me to tears. Oh friend, thank you for sharing. You are a wondrous vessel of his love and grace. I wish you much peace as you contemplate the cross and much joy as you celebrate HIS resurrection on Easter.

March 29, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Renee Ford - It’s been a long fun day with family and friends. Thank you for your words. I needed this reminder. Needed to center my heart. Sunday IS coming; but, today is Friday. And it’s good to remember Friday.

Happy Easter.

March 30, 2013 - 10:40 am

Jodi - This was a beautiful post Paige….THANK YOU for it!

March 30, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Janet Lawson - Beautiful post..
We should all remember the suffering he went through for us..
We are watching the Bible too..
Excellently done series..

March 30, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Jan Fusco - Thank you for that post. Last year my husband and I and another couple decided to watch that movie again the weekend before Easter. I was so reminded of his torture and pain. How could I have possibly let it slip my mind? Probably because I get too caught up in my own selfish little world that I fade away from it when really it should stay a vision in my mind and heart to remind me of his suffering for our sins so that we may have eternal life. I love that last scene when the tomb is empty and the bright light shines for HE HAS RISEN!
I hope you and your family and friends have a blessed Easter.

March 30, 2013 - 11:59 pm

Mimi - Simplicity is exactly what is needed 🙂 Jesus is the Main thing.
Happy Easter to you and your family!

March 31, 2013 - 10:37 am

Carol S. - He is Risen! Happy Easter to you and your family Paige. Enjoy your blog and don’t comment enough. I like your ups and downs and faith and beautiful pictures.

April 1, 2013 - 10:11 am

Jennifer - My pastor read a “medical” description of what HIS body went through during that cruxifiction yesterday. We always read about how bad he was beat but I never stopped to think of all the internal pain that HE was suffering for me.
I wish and pray that I could keep this in the forefront of my mind everyday like I do around this time of the year.
So glad you shared for the world wide web to read and maybe it touch someone that needs to know Jesus did this for them!

April 1, 2013 - 5:53 pm

tara - it’s so much for us to contemplate, but we have to. it’s necessary and honestly, it’s an honor to contemplate what he bore on our behalf.