You’ve done it again! Every year as the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection approaches, I ask You to show me something new about Jesus. Last night as my husband and I watched the movie “The Passion of Christ,” You pointed out something new. We watch the movie once a year during Holy Week. It is a very hard movie. We can only watch it once a year and that is only because we don’t dare want to ever forget what You gave us when You sent Jesus to die and be resurrected for us.
There is always a temptation to want to close my eyes when it comes to certain parts but I make myself watch. This year I saw something new. There may be a few things in the movie that have been added to what the historical account in the Bible tells, but the horror of Jesus’ torture and death is probably pretty accurate. This year’s viewing hit me in a new way starting with Jesus being led like a quiet willing sheep to slaughter. The Son of God- who helped make all there is in the beginning- the One who has all power and authority on heaven and earth, the only One ever born to live completely without any sin, the One who has the right to judge was escorted like a guilty criminal before His own creations and allowed Himself to be judged and convicted to death.
The new thing I saw was the deep look of love Jesus had for:
• the ones who swore allegiance unto death but fled at the sign of danger
• the ones who yelled “Crucify Him!”
• the ones who told lies to have Him put to death
• the one who could find no guilt in Him yet allowed the crowd to rule
• the ones who beat Him beyond recognition, spit on Him and mocked Him
• the ones He loved who deserted him, denied Him and betrayed Him
• the one who was released in His place
• the ones who drove the nails
Jesus look of love was more powerful than any personal hurt, disappointment, abandonment, loneliness he experienced. He knew why He was giving His life. He wasn’t killed—He gave His life so we can live forever with You. He knew we are each weak and cannot save ourselves. He knew we were all sinners. He knew He was taking our deserved punishment for our sin. He, who has no sin, gives each of us that same powerful look of love from the cross despite our sin against You, Lord. It is His desire that not even one should perish. I want to look at You and others with Jesus’ look of love.
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely, He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:3-6
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17
Your Prayer Prompt-
Lord, open my eyes to see Your look of love for me from the cross…