Friday, April 14, 2006

The Suffering and Glory of a King

I tremble at the thoughts and images of Jesus' sufferings. The worst suffering I've ever experienced, past, present, and future, is only a light puff of air compared to His suffering.

Isaish 52: 13-15 (NIV)
See, my servant will act wisely ;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him —
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
and his form marred beyond human likeness—

15 so will he sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Jesus was beaten so badly that he was unrecognizable. The disfigurement caused him to look unhuman.

Contemplating the suffering and death of Jesus today is necessary because of the ultimate end it achieved. Because of what He did, his followers will never have to experience the Father's wrath.

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