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Devotional 07/13/2017

by Terry Trainor on 07/13/17

Sometimes, I do something that neglects our dog, Angela; I eat a treat without offering her some, or I go outside without taking her along, or I do not give her attention at regular intervals. At such times, her face shows her sadness, and makes me feel bad as well that I have hurt her. I do not enjoy seeing this expression of hers -

The case is much more so with Judy. She is a mirror. When I have done something that hurts her, my mistake appears in the suffering of her face. Her sadness reflect with terrible accuracy my selfishness. I hate the sight, and wish to not look at it - 

Much greater still, the passion of Christ is such a mirror. While I may not enjoy seeing the sadness of my dog, while I can hardly bear the hurt in Judy’s eyes, while I wish never to again witness her tears, the pain in the face of Jesus is harder. It is almost impossible to contemplate the suffering that I have caused him. It is beyond imagination how he could love me enough to have willingly gone through the suffering he bore. It is inconceivable that God sent his son to suffer and die for someone as undeserving and wretched as I.

Nevertheless, I will not avoid this mirror! No, I will contemplate it and immerse myself in his suffering just as I did when I saw the film, The Passion of the Christ. I know that I must never forget the price he paid. A member of our church bought us a gift set for that movie, which included a calendar that had many of the images from the film. I looked at those pictures every day for a year. It is GOOD for me to contemplate this. The passion of my Jesus, which I must face with courage, clarity and faith, is the mirror of dangerous grace, purging more purely than any other. 

The Word of God tells us

Romans 5:6 (KJV); 
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV); 
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

Isaiah 53:4 (KJV); 
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

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