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Two Thumbs Up (or 1 3/4, Anyway)
Last week I had a violent disagreement with a meat slicer. It decided it wanted a part of my thumb that I wasn't willing to give up. I didn't realize how unwilling I was until the slicer took it anyway, against my upmost objections to give it back. Now, I did not stand there debating with that slicer the issues of who was going to get that part of my thumb. But, I immediately grabbed the remaining part to keep the slicer from getting it. My first response was to get HELP! Or, at least let somebody get it for me. After a medical diagnosis that there wasn't anything that could be done I returned home only to have it bleed for three more hours. Finally, I gave in and returned for a medical procedure called "bum the end of the thumb to stop it from bleeding."
Well, after reflecting for a week, I can't help but think about Jesus and the tremendous pain he went through. And there was no one there to render assistance to him, with the exception of the vinegar on hyssop. My pain was trivial compared to that of Jesus'. I doubt that I will ever experience the pain He did. Even crucifixion on a cross is still short of the beatings, the scourging, the crown of thorns, the spear, etc. that either preceded the crucifixion or was added to it.
As I go back and read Isaiah 53: 1-19 1 have a greater appreciation for that great sacrifice. "Who would have believed what we heard? Who saw the Lord's power in this? He grew up like a small plant before the Lord. He was like a root growing in a dry land He had no special beauty or form to make us notice him. There was nothing in his appearance to make us desire him. He was hated and rejected by people. He had much pain and suffering. People would not even look at Him. He was hated, and we didn't even notice Him. But He took our suffering on Him and felt our pain for us. We saw His suffering. We thought God was punishing Him. But he was wounded for the wrong things we did He was crushed for the evil things we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him. And we are healed because of his wounds. We all have wandered away like sheep. Each o us has gone his own way. But the Lord has put on Him the punishment for all the evil we have done. He was beaten down and punished. But He didn't say a word. He was like a lamb being led to be killed. He was quiet, as a sheep is quiet while its wool is being cut. He never opened his mouth. Men took him away roughly and unfairly. He died without children to continue His family. He was put to death. He was punished for the sins of my people. He was buried with wicked men. He died with the rich. He had done nothing wrong. He had never lied (International Children's Bible).
So, after having been through what I've been through and reflecting on what Jesus has done for us, I give Him 1 3/4 thumbs up!!
For His Cause,