The prophet Isaiah writes: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow, and familiar with suffering.” ~ Isaiah 53:3
and the Psalmist David also spoke of his suffering in such a way that we can hear Jesus speaking these words:
“You know [O Lord] how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but found none. They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.” ~Psalm 69: 19-21
So think of how amazing it was for Jesus, knowing what he was about to face, to speak of having love for one another.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit –fruit that will last –Then the Father will give you what ever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.“ ~ John 15:13-17
Peace be with you this week:)
Dear Lord, as we continue to look upon your sacrifice we press into the moment and change our vantage point several times. I wonder about the sights and sounds that surrounded you…
What were you feeling the night before you died? What would you say to me? What wisdom would you share?
Oh what wondrous love you have for us. This love that does not come easy…forgive us when we look away Lord, help us to see you in your fullness so that we might learn how to love those around us. Help us as we seek to live out these words:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” ~ Matthew 25: 35-36