Bearing His Own Cross

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A Blogged Bible Study entry for John 19:

I don’t like watching the crucifixion.  Well, I suppose no one likes it.  It hurts too much, so I tend to close my eyes.  I made myself watch many clips before choosing the one below.  It reminded me of what it means to embrace the cross.

Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him.  And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him…Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”

They cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!”

Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me?  Do you not know that I have authority…”  Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given to you from above…”

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out , bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of the Skull…Golgotha.

And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Then He said to the crowd,
“If any of you wants to be My follower,
You must put aside your selfish ambition,
Shoulder your cross daily, and follow Me.

Luke 9:23

My aim is to know Him,
To experience the power of His resurrection,
To share in His sufferings,
And to be like Him in His death,
And so, somehow,
To attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:10-11

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11 responses »

  1. No power over HIM unless HE gives it…AMEN! This is my favorite worship song, it always stirs my soul! love it! love your post too!

  2. You know, Darla, I’ve said, with Paul, that I want to “share in His sufferings.” Yet, the sufferings I’ve had for Him have not really amounted to much but, I find I complain. I wonder if the sufferings are to help us learn how NOT to complain, but to embrace His way? He went willingly, humbly into torture and death…for us. There is so much left to learn.

    Love you!

  3. 33At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

    This is the most painful cry from Jesus on the cross. I just read it and I have tears…

    Oh but the glory that was beheld 3 days later…

    Peace and love sister.

  4. I believe it was, Carl. In that moment to know His Father could not look upon the sin He had become for us. That reality of being forsaken…

    It’s good to move on to the resurrection. Praise God for the resurrection!

    Love you, Carl!

  5. Powerful. Thank you.
    Here was a man who had walked in constant contact and communion with His Father for 33 years. In one brief moment that fellowship was shattered. The cry of forsakenness must have come from deep within–far beyond the tortured flesh into the depths of a tortured soul.
    And I am able to take sin lightly?

  6. Good morning, Dale.

    “And I am able to take sin lightly?”

    You know, I just had that realization hit home last week. I made myself watch “The Passion” again because I realized I didn’t really want to know what my sin had done to Him. It hit hard to see Him tortured. Then to know my sin, my casual misplaced thoughts, my sin causes that much pain for the Son, for the Father…it really puts a whole new meaning to the phrase, “grieving the Holy Spirit,” doesn’t it?

  7. The Crucifixion is what I kept in my mind’s eye. If it had not been for Jesus laying His Life down, shedding His Righteous Blood for sinful mankind, we would not have any access to the Throne of GOD. Remember the only reason why Christ came was to die to pay the Sin Debt that we (mankind) owed GOD for our transgressions, Romans 5: -11.

  8. The Cross is why he came to earth, the “rest of the story” that began, not when He was born as a babe, but before creation, in the very mind of God.

  9. Well, we’re watching a movie (a very forgettable one), so I can’t view the clip right now. But I LOVE that song. Get choked up. Praise God for doing what we could not. I’m proud of you.

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