“Everything within me cries Holy! Holy! Holy is the Lamb that was slain.”
These words are from an inspiring worship song that I have song occasionally at Mass and at pray group. However, after watching Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion
Of The Christ, the words of this song have taken on a deeper meaning for me.
I have always understood and believed intellectually that
Jesus had to suffer and die for my sins. But watching this movie has made me intensely aware of the extent of his inconceivable suffering. In Isaiah 52:14, it says, “Many were amazed when they saw him, beaten and bloodied, so disfigured that one could
scarcely know he was a person.”
By time the Roman soldiers had mercilessly beaten Jesus over and over again, his bloodied, bruised, wounded
body was very difficult for me to look at. I found myself wanting to cover my eyes, as I didn’t want to look upon Jesus in this way and to realize he willingly suffered all of this for me. I wanted rather to see Jesus in his glorified body, sitting at
the right hand of the Father.
But indeed Scripture tells
us it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured. He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole; by his stripes we were healed.
I can only imagine the kind of love Jesus has for you and me that he willingly took on this indescribable physical and emotional agony. I can only imagine what it was like for Jesus knowing that his Father had
to turn his back completely on his son during his terrible suffering.
God the Father’s tears fell from Heaven as He heard his precious son cry
out in a painful voice, “My God, My God why have you forsaken Me”--Mark 15:34. I can only imagine that God the Father breathed a gigantic sigh of relief when Jesus uttered those penetrating words, “Into your hands I commend my Spirit.”-Luke
23:46. Jesus willingly was led like an innocent Lamb to the slaughter, for you and for me.
I can only imagine what it was like for Mary to stand and watch helplessly as her precious son was beaten so severely. With each excruciating painful time Jesus fell under the tremendous weight of the cross, Mary’s heart was
being ripped into a million pieces. It must of taken great courage and faith, not to try and rescue her son from this horrible, deplorable torture.
Mary knew this had to be. Mary knew that her son had to suffer and die on the cross for all of us. Jesus surrendered himself to death to take away the sins of many, and win pardon for all our offenses. Jesus destroyed death and sin once and for all and opened
up the door for eternal life for each of us.
Jesus declares: “Love each other as I have loved you,”-John 15:12. How does Jesus love us?
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” John 15:13.
At Easter, as I join with others in rejoicing
and celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus and joyfully sing, “He is Risen from The Dead and He is Lord,” I will indeed remember his indescribable suffering and death on the cross.
I will also know on a more passionate level that Jesus loves me so infinitely that if I were the only person in the world, he would have suffered and died just for me. (Reprint-Published in The Family Digest