He Chose The Cross by Natalie Darnell

The day I decided to see The Passion of the Christ, I went not meditating on the negative comments nor the praise reports. The thought that went across my mind was that He had to do this. The whipping and the beating were all part of the master’s plan. According to Isaiah 53:5 we read “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

While watching,  it pierced my heart to see Him go through all that pain. I remember thinking to myself,  if he coud just make it to the cross it would be all over. The thing that amazed me was how could anyone survive such beatings. Matthew 27:26 states that “they released Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged (whipped) Jesus he delivered him to be crucified.” Isaiah 50:6 says “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews. And they spit upon him, and took the rod, and smote him on the head.” (Matthew 27:29,30)

I believe that revelation of who he was and what he was sent to do, was the only reason why Jesus was able to survive the beatings.  He was able to identify with what scripture said about him and about his situation and drew faith and strength from that.  His flesh, or the natural side, was saying die, die; you’re bruised, you’re wounded, but His Spirit was saying live and others will be able to live also. This taught me a great lesson in that sometimes we go through hurting events where we feel we have been beaten, bruised, and wounded.  I say to you now rejoice and have hope, because there is a savior, Jesus Christ, who survived the beatings and crucifixtion by raising himself from the dead. This means that once I am able to identify with Jesus I can find the faith and strength I need to gain victory over my trials and tribulations.

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