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The Wonderful Cross

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Last night Greg and I had the privilege to see a dramatic presentation of the last few hours of Jesus’ life here on earth. It is always difficult for me to see it played out, with all the betrayal, hypocrisy and cruelty – and I must admit, watching “The Passion Of The Christ” a few years back was a very hard movie to watch.


It forces me to face the bloody slaughter of an innocent man – at the hands of the Roman guards, notorious for their torture and brutality.  It forces me to come to grips with the fact that there was nothing about it pleasant, easy, or inviting.  I want to run away – put my hands over my ears to stop the chanting and mocking.

Like you, I want to think of pleasant things surrounding Easter weekend, not betrayal, blood, torture and death.  I want that cross to somehow be neater, cleaner, more civilized, more cultured, more dignified and easy to watch.

But I realize that it is in that brutality, pain, torture and blood shed – that my freedom was bought – and there was no other way.  And I must accept this in faith, as I don’t really understand it.

Why did it have to happen this way?  Isn’t God, God?  Can’t He just snap His fingers and take sin away?  Why the cross?  What is the back story that no one knows?  Why this complicated process to bring us back into right relationship with God?

I don’t know.  I’ve had many explain it – theorize it – surmise from scripture – but it still leaves me wondering about the great mystery of God’s love.

And I am speechless.

And humbled.

The Cross.

The Wonderful Cross.

Our ticket into eternal life.

If we accept it – just as it is – the mystery, the blood, the gore, the torture, the betrayal, the mocking, the shame, the agony – all of it.

And though I do not understand it – I accept it by faith.  And am eternally grateful.

The song below was playing the morning after I first saw “The Passion Of The Christ” in the theater.  I will never forget how it made me stop in my tracks and reflect – and I knew I would never again look at the crucifixion of Christ in the same way again.

May you too, discover the mystery and wonder of God’s great love this Easter.

God Bless

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Comments on: "The Wonderful Cross" (5)

  1. farmerhouse said:

    Thank you for linking to my blog. It is strange how total strangers can find what I just put out on the great Internet only a day ago. I agree that the way that Jesus died leaves me speechless, and that I can’t fully understand it. Today we celebrate that he lives! I am from Norway, and we only have the flags out when it is a special occation (like birthdays or days like today), so this morning the Norwegian flag is waving for Jesus – even though that’s the only one in my neighbourhood. It is a sad thing that my neighbours don’t know Jesus…

  2. “Passion of the Christ” remains my favorite movie of all times. Its message is so powerful, not only because of the brutality in it, but because of the love the Jesus showed by allowing others to treat him this way.

  3. We went to Good Friday service at our church expecting a usual sermon but got an incredibly haunting surprise. There was a large wooden cross in the middle of the room lying there half on top of a table. Behind it a screen where they showed parts from Passion of the Christ. We were asked to put ourselves in the place of Mary, the crowd, the soldiers and the theif. It was difficult to shout the words, “Crucify him!” I couldn’t even do it at first and when I started, I had to stop. We watch that movie each year and it is haunting, but now it will be even harder as I have to put my sin on top of theirs as they crucified my Lord–even long before I was ever born. He died for me and my sin long before I ever was around to commit it. My sin was also put upon Him that day.

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