Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, March 31, 2014

Our sin cost Him

“With his stripes we are healed.”
- Isa_53:5

Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of his flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over his poor stricken body.

Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon him without tears, as he stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of his own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which his stripes have wrought in us, does not our heart melt at once with love and grief? If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.

“See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in his lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty’s hands,
And spit in their Creator’s face.
With thorns his temples gor’d and gash’d
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back’s with knotted scourges lash’d.
But sharper scourges tear his heart.”

We would fain go to our chambers and weep; but since our business calls us away, we will first pray our Beloved to print the image of his bleeding self upon the tablets of our hearts all the day, and at nightfall we will return to commune with him, and sorrow that our sin should have cost him so dear.  ~  Spurgeon

2 comments:

Darrel said...

"...Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions
he was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
and by His stripes we are healed."

It is likely we will never fully comprehend all the pain our Lord endured to secure our freedom from sin, but He knew all that would befall Him before it happened and still gave His life to buy us back to Him. Hopefully these verses will not just be words on a page, but etched, no burnt, on our heart and may His sacrifice be ever before our eyes. And more, thank the Lord for His resurrection. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

lyn said...

Amen Darrel; the deepest meanings of Christ's sufferings for His people are not considered nor preached. Pondering His agony isn't something many consider nor do.
" I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting." Isaiah 50:6
I cannot imagine enduring the mocking, the suffering, the pain He endured before He even was nailed to the cross.