The Love and Suffering of Christ
In one moment the unfailing love of God was revealed to man. When the Son of man allowed himself to be placed on the cross, when he allowed nails to be driven through his spotless wrists, the love of God was revealed to all mankind like never before. What kind of love is this? God the Son became man and suffered so that we could be free? I wonder if anyone who has ever lived on this earth could really grasp the true weight of this. Who are we that God should die, for us?
The irony of it all, men suffer and die for many things. We think our plight is so great. But it can never compare to the eternal Son suffering a criminal's death. It seems we become so obsessed with our own suffering sometimes that we forget the passion of Christ. When we suffer, this should be the first thing that enters into our mind. Christ suffered for our salvation, let us share in the fellowship of his sufferings so that we may come into closer union with him (Rom 8:17-18; Col 1:24; 2 Cor 1:5-7; Philip 3:10; 1 Peter 4:13).
His love is with us in all things. Through the turbulence of life his love is always near. As St. Paul said, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:35-39). When we suffer let us suffer with him. When we sin let us remember Christ's infinite love. Let us remember that He is the one who says not to forgive only 7 times, but 70 times 7.
He loves us more than life, and he showed this when he died upon the cross so many years ago.
God save us from the day when we forget the love of Christ, that will be a day with no sun. Words cannot adequately express the love of Christ, but if they could then we could sing something like this:
“The nails in your hands
“The thorns on your brow
“And when the heavens pass away
“Forever my heart
May the love of Christ consume your heart, now and forever. AMEN.
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