Last night, I saw Him in my minds eye, bludgeoned.
I saw Him bleeding and full of sorrow and anguish. Sweat and lacerations, mixed salt and blood, surely must have had its sting! His human body weakened. His human body failing; trembling, yet withstanding. Feeling the pain of His Father turning away from Him, so that He could experience death with the weight of sin, this is what He chose. This, that I deserved, is what he chose willingly.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14
On the cross, Jesus suffered beyond human imagining.
I cannot fit it into my brain really. How he must have felt!
The length at which He was willing to go to save His sheep; to save me; to save you….. The overriding emotion had to be love. Only love could have kept Him nailed to that wooden cross. For certainly He had the power and the ability to resist and his earthly enemies and the death He was destined to – because He is God, omnipotent – all powerful and over EVERY thing.
Jesus’ spirit was strong. His spirit was untouchable by human hands. Jesus gave His spirit up to the Father. In His power He gave it. It was finished.
On the cross it was finished. He bore the weight of all humanity’s sin, past, present, and future. When He died, the price was paid. Then and there on the cross the blood sacrifice was given, and we, the sheep were set free from death and given a Way.
But, where is He today?
Figuratively speaking, where is Jesus today after the moment of His death on the cross and that moment in time when it is recorded that He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven?
This time between last night, Good Friday and His dying on the cross, and now – the time before Easter Sunday and His resurrection? He told us as He spoke to another dying on a cross nearby.
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
Paradise is the place of rest. The holding place for believer’s until the final resurrection.
I imagine a place of peace. Soothing and comforting.
Jesus did not go to suffer more. He was not tormented beyond the cross.
Jesus did the complete work on the cross; dying once and for all.
Figuratively, he is in Paradise, waiting to reveal His entire purpose for coming to earth!
“For Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust…” (1 Peter 3:18)
He died for me. He died for you. He died for everyone in the past, everyone in the present, and everyone yet to be born.
I do not know about you…but I am feeling overwhelmingly thankful. Overwhelmingly small. Overwhelmingly loved.
Today, I imagine, in my minds eye…so that I can remember, that I am loved with the greatest love there ever is.
Can you feel it? The love is for you too!