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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”—Isaiah 50:6 (NKJV)
We can never fully fathom the sufferings of Christ on the cross. At most, we can painstakingly walk through all that was physically inflicted upon Him. The beatings, the scourging of His back, the tearing out of His beard, the thorns pounded into His brow, the congealed cloak ripped from His back; the spikes, the splinters, the thirst, the jarring dislocation of joints as the cross was hoist upright into position.
But even all of this doesn’t account for the sense of shame at being publically stripped naked and spat upon, being maliciously slandered from 360 degrees, and most terrifyingly of all, separation from the one constant known from eternity past, the favorable presence of the Father!
Again, we can never fully enter into what this meant for Jesus. There’s a veil between what we can suffer and what He can suffer. Not physically; other people were tortured and crucified as He was. And not emotionally, other people have been stripped, spit upon, and slandered as He was.
But spiritually, no other human being has ever endured what Jesus did as He “became sin” for us on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). Coupled with the fact that this caused separation from the Father’s presence (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:46), something that the Son had never known. We can never relate to what was spiritually happening in those moments; we can only look on at His sufferings with earthly eyes: “They shall look on Him whom they pierced” (John 19:37 NKJV).
Where does all of this leave us? Hopefully, it leaves us in shock and awe of all the Son of God suffered for our sakes. He held nothing back. He endured all we can imagine and infinitely more. He redefined love and devotion on the cross. Human language cannot begin to capture what happened there; it will take an eternity of wondrous worship to just respond to it.
Today, view all that you may experience and deal with through the lens of all that Jesus went through for you. He did it because He loves you . . . and no amount of suffering was too much for Him to endure to save you. Your day will be a lot different!
DIG: Why can we never fully fathom the extent of Christ’s sufferings on the cross?
DISCOVER: What do His sufferings reveal? How can the sufferings of Christ change your day?
DISPLAY: In your prayer time today, make it a point to praise the Lord for what He did on the cross. Thank Him for being a God who understands and sympathizes with our pain and weaknesses, as He endured everything we face in this life, and so much more. Thank Him for taking upon Himself our rightful punishment.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.