Written by Marcus Mitchell
Scripture to Read: John 19:31-37
This is a very solemn moment. Jesus had already died. The other two men being crucified that day were still struggling, still hanging on. Crucifixion is a very long and painful way to die. Jesus died first because of all that he had been through already: being beaten badly and then forced to carry His own cross. Apparently there were some people still present after Jesus died because we have witnesses to how the soldiers broke the legs of the criminals to speed their death and how Jesus’ side was pierced to verify He was actually dead. (This is important because later there were accusations that He didn’t actually die.)
What would it be like at this moment? What would you hear? Perhaps you would be hearing the weeping of those who loved him. Maybe you would be hearing the indifferent conversations of soldiers nearby. Maybe there would be moments of silence, just hearing the wind passing over the hill while you sit there, still in shock of what you just witnessed. And now you see the Messiah, hanging lifeless on the cross. The One you saw teaching, laughing, and performing miracles….now dead. As I meditate on this moment I can imagine I would feel hopeless.
Have you felt hopeless? It can be emotionally difficult for us to remember these moments in our own lives. But in these moments God has a plan, just as God had a plan for Jesus and his disciples. Where do we find the patience, strength and courage to go on while we are waiting for His plan to unfold?
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.