He broke Himself, shedding His blood. Finally,
this opened up a path for us to the access of the door of salvation for our
A MEDITATION UPON THE CROSS
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what
they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Only Because of Our Mercy?
Jesus was humiliated and was
nailed on the cross. This is a miserable
picture that comes up on our minds constantly.
Nearly every one of us, without ceasingly, has
this sense that Jesus has been nailed upon the cross. Especially during the Holy Communion, many
come to tears of sorrow because of their mercy in remembrance of Jesus.
It is truly a congenial nature of
humankind, seeing someone else experience his hardship. Not only Christians have this kind of
character, but non-Christians do as well.
There is a Chinese saying: “Mercy heart, everyone does have it” or
“everyone has a merciful heart.”
Taking up the most severe
persecution, Jesus sacrificed His own body for the purpose of replacing our
sins. If anyone does not have mercy on
Him, then he must have a heart of stone.
As to the teaching of Jesus being
nailed on the cross, if we merely have mercy without a deeper understanding,
then we are going to let His sacrifice become useless.
Take Upon Our Own Cross
Since I became a father, I cried
each time the Holy Communion was held.
In particular, when I thought of what Jesus said: “Forgive them, because
they do not know what they do.” I always
came to tears. Jesus came to the earth
for taking up men’s sins, and he was nailed on the cross by sinful men. Not only because men were proud and jealous,
but also because they were naïve that they nailed Jesus. During that time, people with physical need
and material wants, were astonished by Jesus authority with which miracles and
restoration of health were performed.
Hardly any one could accept the words when Jesus said: “repent, for the
heavenly kingdom is at hand” and “Pursue God’s kingdom and righteousness at the
first place.” They finally nailed Jesus
on the cross. In fact, the same thing
happens again and again to us today.
When we are in illness or in
frustration, we usually pray to Jesus to keep us and take away our pains. But rarely are we able to meditate the
spiritual meanings, reflecting from our illness or frustrations. Needless to say if our prayer is made at
all. Are not our thoughts and wants just
like what Jesus said? I love my children
very much. In order to save them, I am
willing to sacrifice myself. Yet, I
would never put up with them who only have sympathies with my sacrifice. How unworthy it is! Likewise we shall not only sympathize or only
have mercy on Jesus sacrifice. (Mark 8:34)
We all realize that Jesus was
nailed on the cross, opening up a salvation road for us in His own blood. We have also come to an understanding that
only through this way, can we attain eternal life. Meanwhile, some people still will not believe
in Him, because they are afraid of that they won’t be able to worship their
parents when their parents pass away.
Others are willing to believe in Him under the condition that when they
or their family are healed by God. Even
more, some are holding negative reasons for not believing in God, for they have
seen Christians who suffered and ran into bad times in their careers. All these people are like those who
underestimated Jesus’ sacrifice, challenging Him to walk down from the cross.
Jesus wants us to take up our own
cross and follow him. No matter what
kind of cross we have, all are worthy.
Why? Because what kind of cross
would have such a tremendous burden like Jesus?
What kind of cross pays such a high price as Jesus did? Our difficulties can be carried by
Jesus. Only think of glories in HeavenlyKingdom the day after we pass away. What does having a specified value in our
Love Each Other (Jn
As to this new commandment, we
must first come to the understanding of how much the Lord loves us. He loves our body and even more our
soul. Exactly for that reason He was
nailed on the cross. He not only has
given us peace and joy, but also has opened up the road of salvation for us by
breaking up himself in his own blood.
Therefore, we shall not just ask for His encouragement and condolence
while we are encountering weariness, illness or unsafety
to our physical bodies, but we shall do more while we are struggling in our souls, which means that we are blocked in our faiths. The Lord loves our souls. When He looks at the damages and the
disabilities in our faiths, He will give us His hand, holding us in order to walk
in the right way.
We learned from Jesus how much He
loved his disciples, so that he was concerned for his disciples and realized
the weaknesses in their faiths. The
ultimate purpose of live is so that we may see each other in heaven. If you only love a person’s body only, it is
in vain. Men can only live up to seventy
or eighty years. Compared to eternal
life, our physical life is very transient.
If husbands and wives, fathers and
sons, mothers and daughters, friends live together for an entire life and yet
are unable to see each other in the heavenly kingdom, what value would this
be? Although we always remember those
church members who have passed away with tears, but we do not need to worry
since we will see then in the near future.
For those non-church members who have passed away, they will never see
each other in Heaven.
Therefore, at the same time we are
meditating on Jesus Christ on the cross, we should also show our best concern
to our brothers and sisters while they struggle in their faith. We should pray to God to forgive them and do
our best to encourage them, so that they may overcome the trials and
temptations. We should also pray to the
Lord to bestow his mercy on those who love us and those whom we love to open
their hearts and to give us hope of meeting each other in Heaven.