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Matthew 16:21 – From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. (NKJV)

We know that Jesus, though God, had to be born human so that He could give His perfect life as the payment for our sins, but I really wonder why Jesus had to die such a horrific death. There were many ways that people died in those days. Why couldn't Jesus have died a more private death, perhaps be murdered quickly by the same sword that cut off the centurion's ear, be stoned to death, or die from a communicable disease like leprosy? Surely, God could have accomplished the same end and also spared His Son immeasurable suffering by having Jesus die a more humane and less public death.

No, Jesus was terribly and publicly humiliated. He was scourged (up to 40 lashes), struck, spat on, jeered, and mocked with shouts of "Crucify Him!" at an unjust trial. Then He was made to carry His own cross (which weighed between 100 and 300 pounds) until Simon was found to assist, and was marched through the busy streets of Jerusalem, where short days before, He had been heralded with loud hosannas.

Can you imagine having nails pierce your hands and feet? The knowledge of the excruciating pain that He would have to bear had Jesus sweating blood and asking His Father if it were possible for Him to find another way.

Luke 22:44 – And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (NKJV)

Crucifixion was reserved for the most heinous of criminals. The horrific public display of agony was used to dissuade the witnesses from perpetrating similar crimes. Crucifixion was usually intended to provide a death that was particularly slow and excruciatingly painful. Ultimately, the one crucified died either from exhaustion or asphyxiation.

Maybe we or our loved ones are going through terrible physical pain. We cry out, "Why God? They are good people." I think that Jesus had to endure the worst possible pain and suffering to assure us mortals that no matter what we may go through, Jesus can relate. He responds, "I have also endured My back being torn apart by a leaded whip, nails being driven through My body, and a spear piercing My side."

When we feel abandoned, Jesus whispers, "I understand; My disciples betrayed, abandoned, and denied Me, but I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5b NKJV)

Isaiah 53:3a – He is despised and rejected by men; a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (NKJV)

Perhaps we have been unjustly humiliated. Jesus replies, "I did nothing wrong, but I was chosen to be crucified in place of the hardened criminal Barabbas. I know what it is like to be mocked and jeered at."

Revelation 21:4 – And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (NKJV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, no matter what we may face, help us to know that in Your humanness, You have also faced these circumstances. You know our pain. In Your godliness, comfort us with the promise of everlasting life, where there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen! What a Saviour!

    Thanks for the good word, Orlanda.

    Thank you, Orlanda for the reminder today.

    Thank you, Orlanda, for this message of comfort.

    Thank you for the reminder that we have nothing to fear.

    Thank you for this special devotional leading up to Good Friday.

    Well said, dear friend. I shared this devotion others.
    God Bless.

    Thank you Orlanda for a such a great devotional. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!

    My sincere thanks for today’s devotional. It means SO MUCH to me and touches me deeply. Thank you.

    Thank you, Orlanda Drebit, for the well-expressed true representation of Jesus’ death and His purposes in suffering for each of us.
    Keep writing for Jesus’ sake.

    Thank you, Orlanda, for sharing this thoughtful devotional with us. We can add in blood loss as a likely cause of death. Can you imagine the horror of His death… on our behalf! Blessings.

    Thank you. I have often thought, there is one thing that Jesus did not have to endure: old age. Although the loss of independence, the physical frailty of the body and the anguish of soul, He is familiar with.

    Thank you, Orlanda. In our small community we are saddened beyond belief at the death of a young woman in childbirth. Your thoughts brought me to this event and reminded me of the reason for the crucifixion.

    Thank you for the thoughtful devotional.
    Jesus suffered the ultimate humiliation and the most horrid death for us.
    Because we are forgiven, we, too, can forgive.
    Blessed Holy week to you and yours.

    This was a great devotional. Yes, there is nothing we can go through that comes close to what Jesus went through for us. Continuing to pray for strength and reassured we never walk through our storms alone!!!
    God bless.

    Thank you for this most thought-provoking Message which brings ideas of this week of suffering that Jesus did especially for each one of us. I have shared it with a few friends as well.
    God bless as you continue on your journey which helps us to understand the why and assurance of Jesus’ suffering.

    Dear Orlanda,
    Thank you for this morning’s devotional. A very good reminder that whatever pain or suffering we face in our life; our Lord knows and understands well because the agony He suffered was horrific. His love, comfort and care for us is never ending.

    Dear Orlanda
    Your devotional came at the most appropriate time. I had a rough night with my husband, who has dementia. He got up three times during the night, and of course then I am awake as well. I found him brushing his teeth at 2:30 am and now as I am writing this, he is sleeping soundly. It is at times like these that I start feeling sorry for myself and question why me.
    Your words of comfort and encouragement came at the moment that I most needed them.

    Thank you for reminding me of this. Sometimes suffering doesn’t make sense but the Bible says we share in His sufferings.

    Hi Orlanda,
    Thank you for your devotional. You are so right, whatever situation we find ourselves in at this time of our lives, we know that God will wipe away every tear in His time.
    Thank you again for writing, keep up the good work.

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