Dear Reader, the road to the cross is not for the faint of heart. Reflecting on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus is hard, but how can we come into a closer relationship with Him if we don’t dig a little deeper? Let us go on this difficult, but necessary, journey together.
What is that about? Why does it seem that when people get together, we like to chat about our latest “war wounds”? Is it because in some weird way physical suffering confirms that we’re alive?
Truth be told, Dear Reader, I’ve never encountered anyone who has been wracked by completely debilitating pain. I’ve read and seen a few accounts, but I am weak-hearted. (Mama would testify to that; none of her urging convinced me that nursing was my best career path.)
It finally occured to me that I don’t love Tom or the kids less because I know the good, the bad, AND the ugly about them. Don’t I want to draw closer to the One I claim as Savior, even if it means learning more about the ugly?
Then Pilate laid open Jesus’ back with a leaded whip…
John 19:1 TLB
But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him–our sins! MSG
He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! TLB
Isaiah 53: 5