“Crucify Him”, cried out His very own. At times I wonder, what distress those words would have been to Jesus. A negative word or comment from the people whom we love, tears us apart and the pain that follows is bafflingly awful. Jesus would have felt the same hearing those words over and over again.
Dragged to Golgotha, humiliation dominated this man in whom there was no sin. In every step of His pain, all he held onto was fulfilling the desire of His loving Father. Yes! He did it because He loved the Father, who was madly in love with us – mere human beings. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life” – (John 3: 16, NKJV).
What do you we do in pain? Yell, scream, shout, isolate and to an extent become very insensitive to anything else. But Jesus, in pain spoke Love. He demonstrated love, when He told the criminal, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23: 43, NKJV). Who would engage in a conversation of encouragement and promise to bring someone to the best, in agony? Love alone!
Mary looked at Jesus. She once held him close to nurse him. She recalled those moments where she was grateful to God for blessing her with an upright and delightful son. But now, He is about to breathe His last hanging on the cross. “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home” (John 19: 26 – 27, NKJV). Who would hand over someone or something precious to another in bleeding pain? Love does!
Jesus never retaliated to the evil or negative words spoken to Him. But eliminated the power of those words by speaking love in extreme pain. He spoke love from the cross first, in the midst of unjustifiable anguish. He endured the cross to choose you. There wouldn’t be a better reason for us to CHOOSE to yield to Him today.
Love chose us first, so we can choose Him and others in love.