The Cross

*Bang, Bang, Bang*

I hear this, not gunshots, but the pounding of steel against steel. It resonates so loudly into my soul. I hear the grunts as the one is pounding and the moans of the one who is, what’s that, those are being pounded into a man’s hands and his feet. What an ugly grotesque site. How horrifying, yet it continues. He is beaten and bruised and so, so frail. One puts a sign above his head in three languages it says, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” What a sight! He prays, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” What, forgiveness? For those that have done this to him, forgiveness. Now a man comes with an older woman at his side weeping, he says “Here is your mother, here is your son.” How strange! Now the thieves that are next to this man, one on each side, begin to bicker. One is mocking this man, Jesus, but the other rebukes the thief and asks that Jesus remember him when he comes into his kingdom and Jesus says, “You will be with me this night in paradise.” This cross, paradise? Ugh! Unbelievable. He cries out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me!” Now I understand, that makes sense, this suffering. But wait he cries out he is thirsty, well, I guess I can give him some of this sour wine, I wouldn’t drink it, but better than nothing. What’s that he says, “It is finished!”


Imagine the confusion at the cross for those that did not fully understand……

About revcbyars

Pastor and founder of A Church Rated Ministries focusing on helping Christians in our mission to reach out to those that don't know Christ and be transformative in our communities. I am an orthodox, evangelical, charismatic, confessional Lutheran Christian desiring to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all and loving to watch the Holy Spirit transform lives! I am a husband and a father that seeks to be the spiritual head of my household in the position which God has called me. I am the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett, WI and called to faithfully lead in the Gospel to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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