While meditating on the passion of my Christ, I do seem to recognize two abstract but very important figures from it. This revelation deepens my love and gratitude for such a loving Saviour; One whom I believe a dying world needs.
First, it’s the column to which He was tied and scourged:
In this picture, I see an innocent man covering a guilty sinner (represented by the pole or column) and taking stripes deserving of Sin’s crimes.
That column could only stand there, unable to save or rescue itself; it could only stand there and face the execution of justice upon it. But the Man, Jesus, wouldn’t have that. His resting on that column to be scourged upon it reminds me again of what He did for me:
Isaiah 53:5 (AMP)
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
Can you imagine someone covering you and taking stripes, punishment, blows meant for you upon himself? Jesus is that Someone.
Second, it’s the cross which He bore and upon which He was hung. Upon this glorious symbol, the Cross, I see another figure:
The Cross, a mere wood piece, one put across another; an object of very painful and dreaded death experiences. I liken this Cross, in its ordinary state and in this context, to a condemned man, a criminal, a societal nuisance and one with whom no one seeks/desires to be identified. Walk, and it couldn’t. Stand, and it couldn’t. It could only do one thing: Lie by itself and (or) kill whoever hangs on it – tries to help, associate or connects with it.
In that evil status and state of rejection which the Cross (like me) found itself, here comes a Savior, who carries it on His shoulder, bears its shame on Himself. And at the last, even when He would die, He died on/upon the Cross. This done, so that the shame of the Cross is taken off and replaced by the reputation of the Man who by dying on it, became the face of the Cross.
Isaiah 53:3 (AMP)
“He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.”
If for nothing but this simple revelation, I’ll worship this blessed Saviour of mine and the human race. Won’t you do the same?
Jesus is Lord over my life.
Hallelujah to the Savior who loved me and what He did, He did all for me!
What other remarkable thing do you see in the sacrifice of Jesus for us?
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