With hair whipping in the wind like an unfurled flag, the child runs freely.
Every ounce of humanity is focused on the brief autonomy of childhood. The
squeals of glee quickly turn to moans of pain as the child trips, falls, and
tears flesh from exposed knee, mixing blood with dust, and tears with pain.
This may be the child’s first encounter with this manner of physical pain.
But it certainly won’t be the last.
Jesus surely experienced physical pain as He grew. No child is immune to it.
And Jesus was fully human while fully God. He came here to become one of us,
and that meant the emotions and the shortcomings of the flesh that go with the
experience. As He grew to become a master carpenter He must have felt the
bruises that were lay down by the misdirected hammer, and the gashes caused
by the errant chisel.
As God, He knew what each of us must endure, but as Jesus, He could FEEL
what each of us must feel. He came to know the pain of the flesh, the heartbreak
of rejection, and the sorrow of loss.
Remember Lazarus? Jesus could have healed him before death took Lazarus
into a tomb. Jesus could have healed Lazarus with a single word, from afar. But,
He chose not to. He visited the grieving family and friends, maybe so He could
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experience grief at their side. And He raised Lazarus while in the company of
those mourners, and became exuberant with them as Lazarus left the grave!
Jesus was more than God in the flesh; He was truly Emanuel in the purest sense.
He didn’t come to visit, He came to experience first-hand.
When Jesus went into the garden to pray, He felt a new pain. Something He
had seen though-out man’s days, since the banishing of Adam and Eve. When
He accepted the cup, He took upon Himself the sins of the world. This was alien
to Him, after-all: He was sinless. He was perfection. He was God.
But as painful as wearing that sin could be, it could not compare to the ultimate
pain. Jesus knew that He had to die. He came here knowing it from the beginning.
The plan was laid before Adam’s first breath. Jesus was not afraid of death, for He
knew He had already set in place all of the pieces needed to conquer death. Jesus
was not afraid of Satan, for He knew He had already set in place all of the pieces
needed to conquer Satan.
He came here ready to descend into Hell and break down those gates forever. The
whip, the humiliation, the cross; they were all part of the plan, and Jesus was ready
for it all. After all, He had stood there with His Father and designed the whole scheme.
What Jesus had never experienced before was the separation from the Father.
Beyond the physical pain of punishment… More intense than the emotional pain of
humanity’s rejection… Deeper than the pain of betrayal and denial of His friends…
The agonizing pain of separation: This is what truly grieved Him.
You and I, before we accepted the Gift, were raised in a broken world, where we
did not know the Father. Though, there was always that hollow spot in the heart, until
we learned of the plan, we could not know how to fill that void. We knew something
was missing, but what?
Jesus always knew the connection with the Father, so He could not know the feeling
of the disconnection until it happened. And it broke His heart.
The nails, the thorns, the whip, the cross; none of these killed our Savior. He could
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have stopped it at an utterance of a single word. The weight of sin killed Him, coupled
with the loss of communion with His Father that accompanied it.
My sin. Your sin. Why did He have to experience so much pain? Love.