“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV 

Often, we forget God sent His Son to the world, knowing He would die a horrible death. Jesus suffered more pain than we will ever know, and experienced many forms of suffering. He felt emotional and physical pain. He was beaten, mocked and forced to wear a crown of thorns on His head. 

Videos portray this event and we turn our eyes away. We see images of Jesus suffering in a way that makes us feel guilty, unworthy of His lovingly sacrifice and grace. But, God never turns His eyes away from us. He knows our sufferings and sees each tear that falls. 

God wants us to recognize we are being held in the presence of His strength. He covers us in the warmth of His well-being and lovingly takes our pain. He weaves new life through His blanket of hope and whispers to our weary hearts of wonder, “You are my child. I know how you feel.” 

“The Bible says at noon, the skies got dark. There was an earthquake. The temple veil was torn from top to bottom to show that man had absolutely "nothing" to do with it. People suddenly realized that when Jesus cried out, "It is finished," and then died, He was no ordinary man.” 

Dear God, Thank you for this season of hope, as we remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus. You know the heart of our weakness. Help us faithfully remember who lifts us from our pain and helps us recognize the wholeness of Your beautiful grace. We will turn our eyes on You, and forever stay focused on Your everlasting love. Amen


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