Must The Master Bleed alone? He never even committed a crime except for loving us all enough to suffer through his torture and death. That must have been a bloody mess! Yet do we even think of the blood he lost? The weakness he felt? The shame in dying naked before his family, friends and the rest of the world?
What was he thinking during those terrible hours? Could he think at all, past the pain? It wasn’t just the physical pain. It was the emotional pain as well. Every horrible feeling that everyone, anywhere, any time, had been felt. The desolation of loneliness, the icy cold fingers of fear, the burning desire to be someone who was loved and not feared or rejected. Shame must have burned into his loins and pierced his heart, with its sniveling feeling. Every rejection that has ever been felt, must have echoed through his soul. The nails that pierced his wrists must have pierced his mind as well.
But he was the example, the big brother. The One to come and say, It is okay to love someone so much that you’re willing to give your life for them. No one else has ever loved this much, except perhaps God, the Father.
The country Jesus died in was hot and the burning sands did nothing to relieve the heat. The heat made everything hurt more. Hunger, thirst and de-hydration served to kill a man sooner. Loss of blood made you feel helpless. You could feel the life oozing out of you. This must have been the most terrible of all.
A person’s strength is most severely tested when they’re in the middle of a crisis. Then their true colors come out and their weaknesses become more prominent and observable.Few of us can withstand torture and pain. We shrink from the sight of blood, especially our own blood. And we shudder to think of dying through pain.
None of these things seemed to bother Jesus. He knew what he had to do and he accepted it. He did ask the Father to take this cup from him, if it were his will. Apparently, it was not.
Jesus died at the very hands of the people his Father created. His death was witnessed, as if he were a common criminal. And a naked criminal at that. Public shame and humiliation was a part of the roman tradition. Even if you were a roman citizen, this could befall you.
Jesus died with dignity, the dignity that every man has a right to. Even in death, the dignity of a person must be respected and remembered.
Even if Jesus had been an ordinary man, he would have taught us something. How to be courageous, how to live up to who you really are, how to sacrifice for God and Love. But he wasn’t an ordinary man. He had morals. He had a holy vision. He knew what it was all about. As the Son of God, he gave us everything he had, the essence of who he was.
Even today, he shares himself with us, in the most intimate ways. Jesus is a man to be imitated, loved and cherished. How many of us really do that on a day to day basis? We can always change our ways, if we’re not paying enough attention to Jesus. Today is what matters. No matter how faithful we are, we can become better by loving him more. We need to take up this challenge and we need to do it today!
Very descriptive and well written article. The answer to your title is yes. He had to do all of it alone, but now, we who follow Him, must share in His sorrow and take on His continence if we ever expect the world to see Him in His glory.