My friend, may I ask you a question? If you lose a job and don’t know where the next one can be found, that somewhat isolated feeling you go through becomes your own “unique” suffering. For whatever reason, when things go bad we seem more drawn to ourselves. Isn’t it’s at times like this that we feel like the “only” one that feels the way we do?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Have you ever felt that you were the only “one”! If you lose a job and don’t know where the next one can be found, you know what I mean; that somewhat isolated feeling as you go through your own “unique” suffering. For whatever reason, when things go bad we seem more drawn to ourselves. It’s at times like this that we feel like the “only” one that feels the way we do.
But, when you come down to it, do we really know what it means to suffer alone?
In Mel Gibson’s Movie, “The Passion of Christ” there is an obscure detail in the crucifixion scene that probably goes unnoticed by most people. When Jesus is being placed on the cross, the camera comes close to watch as a large spike is positioned in the middle of Jesus’ hand. Then, a mallet comes into focus, and a rugged hand swings it to drive the spike. Those are all things you expect to see. But there is something you don’t see. You never see the face of the one who drives that nail. You might be interested to know that the person who plays that role in the movie is the director himself, Mel Gibson. But why does he never show the face of the one who put Jesus on the cross? He didn’t show us that face because that face was ours. We are the ones who put Jesus to death, not just the Romans or the Jews. It was our sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. (SermonCentral Staff. Citation: from the live interview of Mel Gibson at Saddleback Community Church, January, 2003.)
What Gibson was demonstrating was very significant. When it comes to the sacrifice for our sins, it was our sins person- ally that put Jesus on the cross and drove those nails into his hands. Our hand held that hammer because we brought our unique sins to the cross; and He alone became the bearer. Christ became the only sinner on earth for six hours on Calvary. He and He alone truly knows what it means to feel unique, singular, and totally alone. For only Christ ever suffered alone. As often as we feel alone in our suffering, we can never know what it really feels like to be the only one. That distinction was saved for Christ. The sacrifice, ordained from eternity, could be done no other way.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord there are times in life that we feel terribly alone in our suffering. The pain, the inconvenience, perhaps the stigma of what we are going through, all add up to a feeling of singular suffering. Father, thank you for giving us even this small glimpse of what it must have felt like for our Savior to suffer alone, even unto death, on the crucifying cross for our sins. Our experiences are next to nothing in comparison, except they give us a taste of what it feels to be alone and suffering. Thank you for a Savior who loved His people so that He would take this suffering upon Himself. Forgive us when we feel burdened by our won painful problems in life and remind us that Christ’s sufferings were unique since every one of us were there hammering in that spike and then turning our backs on the best friend, the kindest King and most gracious Lord Your love could offer. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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