On Good Friday Jesus is rejected, beaten, mocked, whipped, and scourged. After carrying a heavy cross, nails pierce His hands and His feet.
There He hangs on the cross, suffering for you and me; suffering for us and all humanity.
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Easter is coming, but the Suffering Christ is here for us, with us, in our suffering.
Can we draw closer to the cross?
Maybe our suffering is so great it’s hard to move forward, maybe it’s crushing our spirits and our will to do.
Perhaps we’ve stumbled, taken a tumble, and it’s hard to stand after a fall.
But, look at Christ on the cross, suffering. He’s here for me, and for you.
Do we have faith to draw closer to the cross when our hearts are breaking?
When our lives are falling apart?
When we don’t fully understand?
When those around us may not know what they are doing?
“Look at the Cross and you will see Jesus’ head bent to kiss you, His arms extended to embrace you, His heart opened to receive you, to enclose you within His love.” Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)
grace, peace & Good Friday solace
Beautifully reflective, Virginia. I’ve always found Good Friday sobering, yet cause for rejoicing.
As do I, Debbie – there’s an old BC comic making rounds “What’s good about Good Friday? – that Jesus suffered all that for you (& me!), don’t you consider that ‘good?’” Blessings! ✨🌷💜🌷✨
Those thoughts have very recently entered my mind too Virginia… When I think about my struggles there is always the knowledge that Jesus and suffered far greater than I could even imagine … I will never experience the rejection, abandonment, and pain even close to what He did…. Diane
Amen, Diane – and when we face suffering, we know Christ is with us no matter how deep the pain, His love for us is deeper still. Much love to you & Easter joy (the kind that percolates hope in suffering…) Hugs! 🌹✨🌟✨🌹