Christ's Great Kindness
Easter service at my church this year focused on The Seven Last Sayings of Christ from the Cross. Although I have studied these sayings before, this time I was struck by them anew. When thinking of the terrible, unspeakable pain He was going through, I felt amazed that so many of the last words of Jesus were focused on showing kindness to others.
In Luke 23:34, Jesus asks His Father to forgive those who were hurting him. In Luke 23:43, He assures the thief beside Him that ‘today you will be with Me in Paradise.’ In John 19:26-27, Jesus places His mother Mary into the care of his beloved disciple John. In John 19:30, Jesus exclaims, “It is finished!” This is the most others-centered phrase spoken from the cross. It sums up all the work of salvation that Jesus came to accomplish for our sake.
I hope I can remember these sayings from the cross the next time I have a headache or feel hungry and find myself growing short-tempered with those around me. Jesus suffered beyond anything my imagination can conjure, yet He was still kind and caring to others. I want His example to inspire me so that I can demonstrate care during all kinds of conditions. Whether I am feeling pain, illness, impatience, or frustration, I want to display a loving attitude to others. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I pray I can grow in this area.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. – Isaiah 53:7 (NKJV)
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. - John 15:12-13 (NKJV)
Posted on Sun, April 30, 2017
by Shawnna Casazza