So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. John 19: 16b-18
This stark depiction of the darkest of days reminded me that not everything about our faith is joy and abundance. Even with the love and comfort of our heavenly father, suffering is a part of the human condition. Jesus has shown us that He understands this fully, even to the point of taking on this suffering as a man, enduring the cross and bearing our burdens. Whenever we wonder if God really understands our human plight, we can recall Gethsemane and Golgotha.
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8
Between the divine birth and the miracle of resurrection there is this equally remarkable moment where Christ submits to the ultimate in suffering for our redemption. All are crucial parts of the divine equation.
Prayer: Lord, help us through our sufferings and help us to empathize with others in theirs. We know that you care and understand. We reflect on your time of trial and what your sacrifice ultimately means to all of us. Amen.