I do not know of anyone who likes to experience pain; not the pain which results from exercising but the pain when one is ill. Think of bad migraines, broken limbs, child birth or organ failure and we can probably begin to empathize with sufferers of such pain. Yet, if you were asked to, would you willingly volunteer to accept someone else’s pain? No? Maybe if it was your child, parent or spouse perhaps? Certainly not a stranger for sure, correct?
Well as I’ve lain in bed for most of these past two weeks willing the very painful muscles in my back to behave themselves I thought about Jesus’ crucifixion and how He consciously agreed not only to become a helpless human being but to die a painful death for us. Why would He want to be human when He was already so much more? And it wasn’t as if he could overdose on sleeping pills, ingest some poison or even have someone shoot him in the head at close range when it was time for Him to die (way too easy I suppose). Instead he shouldered the weight of a heavy cross, endured whipping and taunts while a crown of sharp thorns was pressed down on to his head, and bore the brutal pounding of nails into his hands and feet. Make it personal and get a big nail and look at it closely; imagine it being hammered into your palm or foot – can you feel it?
My muscles really hurt. The pain is spreading from my lower back up to my shoulders. At present it seems as though this condition is going to get worse before it gets better. But do I really have the right to complain about my pain or be miserable because my very independent self must now depend on others to get things done? I really don’t know, because some days the answer is no and on others it’s a resounding yes – because I am indeed one of the helpless (and weak) human beings Jesus came to this earth to save. I dislike pain and I dislike being sick but when I truly think about it, I am so very glad that Jesus willingly gave His precious life for me – what about you? Something to think about.
Ñ Verses for Reflection Ò
John 19:1-3 (NIV)
19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
John 3:16 (NIV)
16 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.