Jesus said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
- Luke 22:19 (NIV)
I attend a Christian university and was recently required to read an article about the physiological changes that Christ would have experienced during his crucifixion. Holy Week is a time to remember that Christ died for our sins, but most of the time I’m only vaguely aware of the reality of his death. Reading about the hours of Christ’s torture and physical degradation, I couldn’t help but sob, “God, make it stop!” I was only reading about the event. How must Jesus’ mother have felt? How must God have felt?
I was consumed by a deep sorrow for such irrepressible cruelty. At the same time I was flooded with gratitude, fully aware that Christ willingly submitted to this terrible death on the cross. As I thought of what Jesus said at the Last Supper, “Do this in remembrance,” I realized that we are to remember not only who Jesus was but also how and why he died. I am overwhelmingly grateful.
Debbie Middlebrook (Georgia, USA)
Thought for the Day
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)
Dear God, we are filled with sorrow for the pain and suffering that Jesus endured so that we may live. We are grateful for the free gift of our salvation. Amen.
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