By Josh Yap, Australia
Feeling down, I reached for my handy music player, hoping for some music therapy. Then Boston by Augustana popped up in my playlist. The chorus echoed my melancholic thoughts:
And you don’t even care, oh yeah
And you said, you don’t know me
And you don’t wear my chains, oh yeah
While Jesus carried the cross, He was laughed at and spat on along His way toward death. He was abandoned and disowned by His closest friends—His disciples. He was unwanted, completely alone. How can we ever comprehend God’s love for us, such that He would carry this heavy burden, bearing all the shame and pain?
With a bloodied body and burdened by the yoke, Jesus fell several times on Via Dolorosa. As such, soldiers “seized [Simon from Cyrene] and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus”. (Luke 23:26)
At the hill, Jesus was hung on the cross in full view of everyone, experiencing pure agony for six hours. Mentally and physically tortured, He finally fulfilled God’s salvation plan.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”
In our distress and crisis, we can depend on God’s grace. Lean on it.