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    E’en so I love You, and will love,
    and in Your praise will sing;
    Solely because You are my God,
    and my Eternal King.

    Descent from Cross

    Jesus was nailed to a rugged piece of wood, naked.  He was beaten, had his beard torn off and was left alone by his followers.  Jesus was placed as a common criminal, a person on the side of the road strategically placed to show the strength of Rome.  The same person who created the world and fashioned the cosmos was now held to a tree.  He was looked upon as a subject of scorn, an object of derision.  He was placed there for the world.  And quite frankly, I was a cause of His pain.

    Jesus was not only beaten and tortured, He was also completely alone.  He cried out to His Father, separated from God so a person does not have to experience that.  Isaiah the prophet would write in reference to the Messiah, “…he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”  His broken, naked body was marked for scorn that I might have life.  It is amazing to think that “his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind” (Is 52:14).  God, the source of beauty, was destroyed and disfigured beyond all recognition for the sake of humanity.

    Jesus once said that surely he who loses his life will find it and he who seeks to keep his life will lose it.  Restoration and redemption comes to those who humble themselves and come to the cross.  Salvation comes to those who cling to the cross.  It is so simple.  Now is the day.  Now is the day to learn how to live.