Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 12 – Jesus dies on the cross…
How does one go about expressing the inexpressible? How does one take what lies deep in the heart and bring it to the surface for all to see?
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said ( to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:28-30, ESV)
“I stand there, at the foot of the cross, side by side with all of humanity, and behold our salvation. I carefully watch and listen to all that is said. And then, I experience the one who gives life pass from life to death, for me. I console Mary and John and Mary. And let them console me. This is the hour to express the deepest feelings within me.”**
There are times when Jesus’ death seems unreal. I read the stories of his death and they seem like just a story. I see movies that include the crucifixion they seem even more unreal. It’s not that I disbelieve in his death and the method of his death because I believe in his life and I believe in his resurrection but when I consider his death my human mind has trouble processing it. “You did that for me, Jesus?” keeps running through my mind. Then after that haunts me for a while, “Couldn’t there have been another way, God?” bounces around for a while.
It is out of a complex mixture of guilt and humility that give rise to my struggle with Jesus’ death but on the other hand out of the complexity of life come the reality of my need for the Holy Spirit, which is one of the reasons for Jesus’ death. “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7, ESV)
Never in my life has my need for the “Helper” more than now. I know my name is probably not at the top of the list of those who are desperate for “his” presence but I know it’s close to the top. The story of Jesus’ death is real. I know it to be real because my need for him is real.
By the way the answer to the first two questions lies not just in the heart/spirit of the author but in the heart/spirit of reader as well. There are those who will understand what I am trying to say, there are those who will not, and there are those who need try to.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.