Friday, April 3, 2015

Lent: Tune into Christ's Suffering

Today is the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus on a day, many have named, "Good Friday".   

In 2004 Mel Gibson directed and produced "The Passion of the Christ." I had recently been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer and went to see the movie, desiring to remember the enactment of Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24. Isaiah says, "by his wounds we are healed," and Peter says, "by his wounds you have been healed."  I watched with fresh eyes, seeing it differently now that I desperately needed to be reminded that the cancer I was diagnosed with was placed upon Jesus and "by his wounds" I "have been healed". The movie remains a controversial film, but for me, I think the wounds of Jesus were even worse than what was contained in the film. Just one disease, cancer, causes so much grief, pains, and sorrows with financial, emotional, and physical loss. If all of every disease's sorrows, pains, grief's were placed upon Jesus to bear, then there is no possible way to depict that level of pain.  

Let us remember that Jesus bore all our sins, sorrows, and sicknesses. He cares about us fully - spiritually and physically.

This is a Good Friday, to pause and remember Jesus.

Lent activity:

Get in tune with Christ's suffering and caring for physical needs.  Fast a meal or a portion of a meal and give the money to a local mission such as Stop Hunger Now. (Example, drink water instead of soda, abstain from dessert, split a meal, and/or miss a meal or series of meals such as from after Sunday lunch until dinner on Monday.)  

Your partner in sharing the gospel,

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