Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:35 PM|
While growing up as a child, my mother would often sing an old hymn on Good Friday entitled, “He Could Have Called 10,000 Angels”.
The words of the title are based on the following Scripture verse when Jesus said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? (Matthew 26:53 NLT)”
The chorus for the old hymn has these lyrics:
He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and me.
“He could have” but Jesus never did call the angels to help Him while he endured the brutality of the cross. And crucifixion is historically believed to be the most torturous death known to mankind. Jesus suffered on the cross for six hours and each time He needed to take a breath, He would have to painfully raise Himself up on the spike in His feet.
But before Jesus arrived at the cross, He was already half dead because the soldiers had just finished scourging Him. This was customary before a crucifixion and some did not survive the repeated strikes of the whip that tore away chunks of flesh with each blow.
Jesus, however, did survive and He was then expected to carry a cross with His tortured body nearly half a mile to Golgotha. The cross is believed to have weighed approximately 100 pounds. Jesus became too weak to carry it all the way, so another man was ordered to carry the cross the remainder of the distance.
The horrific torture Jesus endured for our sin on that “Good” Friday is well portrayed in the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” filmed in 2004.
Every year on Good Friday, plus each time we participate in the Communion Table, we are to ponder again the great price Jesus paid for our sins. It should never be taken lightly because each of us, due to our personal sin, took part in nailing Jesus to the cross and allowing Him to suffer. He bore the sins of the entire world, even our sins today.
Jesus went to the cross willingly with no help or comfort from the angels. He chose to be obedient even in death (Phil. 2:8). It was a price He knew had to paid for our salvation.
So, celebrate again the gift of love offered for all of us, when God gave His only Son on that first Good Friday so long ago! And rejoice that we serve a living God who conquered death. The story did not end on Good Friday. The empty tomb on Easter morning gives us hope in an all-powerful God who offers us eternal life with Him.
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