Severe Suffering

Mark 15: 21-32 describes awful suffering inflicted on Jesus: “And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear His cross. And they bring Him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. And they gave Him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but He received (it) not. And when they had crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the superscription of His accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with Him they crucify two thieves; the one on His right hand, and the other on His left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And He was numbered with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on Him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest (it) in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with Him reviled Him.” He was so badly wounded and weak, He could not carry His Cross. From the moment He arrived at Golgotha, He suffered severely. His pain continued. He was thirsty. He was hot. He was mocked and taunted. He had no human help or comfort. They gambled for His garments. Isaac Watts’ hymn, “At the Cross,” gives us the horrible picture in timeless words: “Alas! and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die! Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I? Was it for crimes that I have done, He groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree! Well might the sun in darkness hide, and shut its glories in, when God, the mighty maker, died for man the creature’s sin. Thus might I hide my blushing face while His dear cross appears; dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes to tears. But drops of grief can ne’er repay the debt of love I owe. Here, Lord, I give myself away; ’tis all that I can do.” Selah! What our sin(s) did to Him is beyond our ability to grasp. His love moved Him to suffer such agony in order to give us the offer of forgiveness, cleansing and salvation. To reject such love and grace, refusing to receive Him as Savior and Lord, renders us worthy of eternal separation from Him, in Hell.  Ron

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One thought on “Severe Suffering

  1. I Samuel 17:54
    And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem…
    Genesis 3:15
    …It shall bruise thy head

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