first off, i have to mention that i have google alerts set to tell me when people on the web are talking about me, so it doesn’t take me too long to find out about such things… anyway…

This chapter is a rather serious look at the cross and, after pointing out our natural tendancies towards egotism, David flips it on its head by inserting a personal touch (mad-libs style) to the account of Jesus’ crucifixion… it’s a pretty eye-opening experience to consider that not only could it have been me getting scourged and mocked and beaten and hung up on the cross, but that it should have been me… and you and all of us…

but, here’s what really gets me… all that was terrible and painful and i can’t imagine the amount of anguish involved with the crucifixion… but that was just the beginning…

i mean, that was just the physical aspect of death… and we all know that there’s more to life than this present physical realm… and if, as Paul says, the riches of this world are doodoo compared to the riches of eternity in Heaven, then one can only assume (and i emphasize assume) that the pain and suffering that we can experience here while on earth represent but a fraction of the intensity of pain and suffering that comprise an eternity in Hell, right?…

and our punishment… the result of our sins… is Hell… so Jesus had to endure that as well… He had to or else He wouldn’t have been taking our place… i mean, if you owe someone a million bucks, i can come in with a $100 bill and expect to pay off your debt, right? if i’m gonna help, i have to pay the full amount…

(yes, i know there are some companies that manage to make money from buying off debt at a reduced rate, but then they collect from the other party or… well, it’s complicated and it’s not what i’m talking about)…

Anyway… it’s important to realize the full extent of the sacrifice to appreciate it… and as David points out, it’s more than just an annual thing… we’re called to take up our cross daily and follow Him… not just on Easter, not just on Christmas and Easter, not just on Sundays, daily…

peace… love… bdg…