April 5, 2012

Matthew 26:67, 68
Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophecy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”

It is important we all remember that before there was a Good Friday there was Thursday, and on that day Jesus was arrested. It was while they had Him that they spat on Him, beat Him and jeered at Him. They also whipped His back and put a crown of thorns on His head. Thursday was the day Jesus was tortured. That was the day before He was crucified, and it is important for us to remember this day because all that Jesus went through was for our salvation. As Christians we make the mistake of shining a great big light on the Cross and acknowledging His death, as we should. We will forget, or don’t like to talk about, the time from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Cross.

I am writing today for all those who have to endure so much before they get to the end. I am dedicating today to all those who die from cancer.
Anyone of you who ever had a loved one die of cancer will certainly understand. From the moment our loved one is diagnosed until the day they die it is just filled with doctor appointments, chemotherapy, radiation, x-rays, PET scans, prescriptions, IV treatments and hospital stays. The worst of it comes when Hospice is called and you see with your own eyes just what cancer did to them, and there in the bed is lying a body you hardly recognize. You beg God to take them at this point and then they take their last breath.

The day they die will be extraordinary in so many ways and it will be all that everyone at the funeral will talk about. Yet you will walk away and keep with you all the days that led up to that one moment. The last days will stay with you forever for they are the moments that have deeply imprinted themselves into your mind and heart, moments of suffering and how senseless and unmerciful it all seemed.

Mary watched her Son from a distance. She was the one to hold vigil and wait to see what would come next, praying for her Child to be released and seeing what was being done to Him. These last few days of His life can be so easily looked over as we rush to look at the Cross, but every day leading up to Good Friday is just as important. All those days Jesus took a punishment that we deserved. Every spit, slap, whip, and jeer we deserved, He received. Tomorrow is Good Friday but today is Holy Thursday, and it is Holy because the only One who is Holy is being tortured for our sins. Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, I do pray this day and ask You to please take away my sins and help me so that each time I am tempted I will remember two


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