on April 8th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments
As we prepared for Easter here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga, I reflected on the true meaning of Easter, the sacrifice of my Savior and how Jesus died just so I could truly live. Many of us may not realize the pain Jesus went through on this day. Execution by crucifixion was a slow death. Our Savior went through unimaginable anguish and agony. Its important to put the actual crucifixion into perspective, so that our human minds could better understand his sacrifice. Its important that we don’t sanitize his death.
Hemathidrosis, which is the phenomenon where the body is under so much stress that capillaries break and is mixed with sweat, was evident as drops of blood poured from his skin. His back ripped from repeated flogging until what was left was a bloody mass of torn flesh. A crown of thorns was driven into his scalp and cape was thrown on his back of exposed flesh and muscle, then ripped away. He was then forced to walk with heavy wooden beams aligned like a cross further lacerating his skin. The palms of his hands were then affixed to both sides of the wooden beams with thick raw iron nails. One foot was placed on top of the other as a another thick iron nail was driven through the arch of both feet. A sign with the words “The King of the Jews” placed upon the broken body of Christ our Savior. For 9 hours, He hung on the cross while his human body began to die a slow death.He was ridiculed-mocked with many asking why he wouldn’t save himself if he was indeed, King of the Jews.
Luke 23:39-43 emphasizes the sacrifice of Jesus.
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,save Yourself and us.”But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:39-42)
This verse not only applied to the criminals that hung on either side of Christ. It applies to us as well. Through Christ, God gives us mercy. God loves us so much that he gave Himself in flesh to save us from our own sins so that we would not receive “the due reward of our deeds.” Christ dying a worldly death on the cross confirmed our salvation if we do not mock like those on Calvary, but believe in Him. Through salvation we are protected from the things we might have brought on ourselves. Through salvation we are given resurrection power. Christ had done nothing wrong and was without sin, but he died for all of us who are sinful by our nature.
Give thanks to Jesus on this Easter. For He gave his life on earth, so that we could have abundant life in heaven.
Happy Easter from Dogwood Forest Assisted living in Fayetteville, Ga!