A few weeks back, I watched The Passion of the Christ for the first time. I was well warned beforehand that when I watched it I would cry, but even with warning, I’m sure that there is no-one who can put words to the brutality and raw heart-break one feels when they watch it. To have a tangible representation of not only the physical anguish, but also the emotional torment and spiritual suffering that Jesus went through is almost too much to bear – not only because of the severity of the exemplification, but further because we know that His suffering was far worse than anything that could be portrayed or re-enacted.
With each betrayal, beating, mocking and whipping; with every lash tearing into tender flesh and nail and thorn piercing His broken body, I could do nothing but weep for my Saviour. How often do we overlook the price He paid, saying victory is already ours and grace is our inheritance; how quick we so often are to forget how His body was broken and how He bled and died a sinner’s death.
My mind cannot fully comprehend how great a love God has for us that He would willingly and mercifully give up His One and Only Son to save us. As I watched the man before me take a punishment he did not deserve and the tears rolled down my cheeks, my heart cried out to God and I asked Him why – why would He allow this to happen. He (God) chose to give up His Son to pay a debt we could never pay or repay – a debt we brought upon ourselves and rightfully owed because of our sins. Jesus offered up His life for us, so that we might live. In the silence and bitterness of a pain I couldn’t prevent, God answered my question, simply and honestly: “Because I loved you.”
JOHN 3:16 (possibly the most well-known scripture ever) so fittingly puts it like this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
In all my pain and doubts and insecurities, my fears and unbelief – though thick and thin, the good and the bad; my ever-changing life – God remains constant; He is faithful and good and never stops loving us.
Paul writes in Romans,
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I’m sure I will never be able fathom, nor fully comprehend how Our Creator can love us so deeply and passionately and unconditionally as to freely give His life as a ransom for many (MATTHEW 20:28).
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”