He knew it all along

Shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” (John 18:11)

We often consider the unfair treatment Jesus suffered. He was mocked, beaten, ridiculed, spat upon, struck, blindfolded, stripped, beaten, humiliated (Isaiah 53:1-12; Acts 8:32; 1 Peter 2:19-23). All this, before he was nailed to a cross and hung up to die.

He who created man and placed him in a Garden of paradise and showered him with blessings, found himself in a Garden of sorrow, showered with bloody sweat.

He who commanded the light to shine, was made to suffer in the darkness.

He who created the angelic host, called not one of them to his side.

In contemplating this, I wrote a few lines that remind us that Jesus not only suffered the physical torture of the cross, but also fashioned the very elements used against him:

Who designed the flesh in which our Savior died?
What smith created iron for His hands and feet and side?
Who planted the Garden watered with His bloody sweat?
What mason cut Golgotha’s brow, in which His cross was set?
Whose arbor honed the tree that bore His body high? 
What weaver spun the sun’s gold threads, that recoiled from the sky?

Our Lord not only knew, but created the very things that comprised his suffering

It is a love so much beyond our own.

How much there is to contemplate in the death of our Lord!

May we learn to love him as he loves us!

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Rick began preaching in Wallace, WV (1999-2002), worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004), and is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004). He served the church in Prestonsburg, KY from 2004-2014, and is currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). He also serves on the resource staff for the Warren Christian Apologetics Center (WCAC), a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to "setting forth evidence for the existence of God, the divine origin of the Bible, and the deity of Jesus Christ." Outside of his biblical studies, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, their six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah), a sweet Golden Retriever (Max), an energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses). He also specializes in boring people with his guitar (he's also been known to do this with his sermons), prefers Earl Grey (now that he can no longer drink coffee), and studying personal finance.

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