To quote the words from Selwyn Hughes
"Today, on this another Good Friday, it seems almost fatuous to ask the question : Did Christ experience suffering and pain ??"
"Linger with me today at the foot of Calvary. One writer say's of it "The scene,with it's sharp spikes and bleeding death, has been told so often that we, Who shrink from the news of the death of baby seal, flinch not at all at it's retelling " "How sad.
The physical and mental sufferings of Christ began in Gethsemane when His sweat was as great drops of blood.One doctor says,"though rare, this is the phenomenon of hematidrosis where, under great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands break,mixing blood with sweat. This process alone could have produced marked weakness and shock."After the arrest in the middle of the night,Jesus was brought before Caiaphas the High Priest, at which point a soldier struck Him across the face.The palace guards then blindfolded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they passed by and struck Him in the face.
In the early morning, battered, bruised, dehydrated and exhausted from a sleepless night, Jesus is taken across Jerusalem to the Praetorium, where He is stripped naked and scourged.
Then a heavy beam is tied to His shoulders and for a while He is forced to carry His cross until relieved from the ordeal by Simon of Cyrene. At Golgotha, He is skewered to the cross by iron nails and strung up like a dog to die.
If you still struggle over the mystery as to why God allowed pain and suffering into His world.... then I point you to an even greater mystery - God has suffered too !! "
None of those are my words they are from a devotional I read this morning but the theme throughout the week has been pain and suffering. I think it's so easy to blame God for all the suffering that goes on in the world and our own lives , I know I for one am guilty of screaming at God that He can't understand how I feel, thankfully humbled to see that His suffering has been far far greater than mine and yes He does know exactly how you and I feel.
How ?? look at the cross
Thank you Jesus for your life, death and resurrection