Reference: And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. (Luke 23:33 KJV)
Explore: I have a highly sensitive boy. Every little bump or scratch brings on a Oscar Award winning performance of pain and agony.
Each time this happens I try to downplay his exaggeration by saying, “You’ll be right. You’re ok.”
However, when he really does hurt himself – usually by falling off his scooter – I’ll take him to the bathroom, wash his wound and maybe even place a bandaid on the affected area. It’s not a big deal, it’s what any good parent would do.
Application: It’s hard to imagine what God was thinking when Jesus was nailed to the cross. He is a good parent and so he wouldn’t have been flippant.
There’s no doubt that He would have wanted to take Jesus in His arms, to console Him and care for Him. He would have wanted to wash away the blood and the pain and bring Him to a place of peace and safety.
And yet, for the sake of the rest of His children (us), He stood aside and witnessed Christ’s pain.
Let us never forget the sacrifice of our God. Let us do for others what God could not do on Good Friday – show love and care for those in pain and grief.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank you for enduring the pain on Your own and suffering for our sake. May we praise You for the love You showed that day. Amen.
How can you respond to Christ’s great love?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.