Feel the nails in our Lord’s hands and feet. Taste the rejection He felt when the crowd shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Hear the cracking whips cutting into Jesus’ flesh. Smell the blood dripping out of our Savior’s body. See the cross being raised on Calvary’s mountain. Finally, hear the Lamb of God say in His pain-wrenched voice, “It is finished!” What a horrible experience Jesus endured for our sake!
I am surely glad I don’t have to suffer as Jesus did. We aren’t very likely to die on a cross. Still, we can expect some suffering in our lives because Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. . .” (John 16:33). What trouble do you and I have to endure in this life?
Having a disability means I have to suffer many disappointments in my life. They are disappointments of not being able to do activities that I would love to do, like driving or playing tennis.
The second part of what Jesus said in John 16:33 is: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” He overcame this world by His death on the cross. This life has much suffering for all of us. Yet, we can know that Jesus has overcome all our sufferings.
Jesus suffered the pains of hell on the cross for us. Can’t we too suffer for a little while? Will it not also have some beneficial effects?
Thank You, Jesus, for suffering for us. Help us in our suffering on this earth. Amen.