EPILOGUE – THE CROSS
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” John 19:24-26
Mary (the mother of Jesus) looked on in unspeakable anguish as she felt the unseen tissues of her soul tear into a thousand pieces. Was that her baby boy hanging helplessly as his skin peeled off and hung precariously at His extremes. Girded only in loose loins, a Man of men hung half-naked as humanity glared on in terror, at one of the most torturous event the world would ever know… She was nauseous and giddy, had cried so much tears, there was nothing else left. The sobs that had raked her weary frame earlier had subsided into head throbbing flashes of grief. A numbness set over her suddenly as she began to fall…
Mary awoke with a touch of panic, as her eyes flashed around. Her Son needed water. She had heard His cry even in her subconscious. If only she had carried a pail up that hill. She had to get to Him, ease the pain and tend to His deep wounds. What was a mother to do, as she watched her very heart being wrenched out of her frail chest. She must go to Him at once, yes the prophecy had said He was God come in flesh but right before her eyes was a severely wounded, forsaken and suffering human. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-9
THE PROLOGUE – THE CARPENTER
Mary saw how he watched her, He was always so concerned. Not the kind of concern that had worry etched on your brows, but the kind that begged to release one from cares and bear the burden instead. It was as if His eyes were saying; ” cast it upon me…”. But how could she? He was her Son and she was supposed to wipe away His tears and shoulder His sorrows, wasn’t she? Not really, especially not when your Son was God in flesh.““He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:23-25
“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.” Mark 6:2-4 Jesus finished the chair and placed it right behind Mary His mother to test the comfort and fit. He had drawn the plan and constructed the wood in such a way that she could take a nap in it when confronted by the scorching Nazarene sun. He and His father Joseph often did a lot work with wood as carpenter. Jesus was very skilled with his hands, as his father Joseph and every other person observed.
TODAY AND FOREVER – THE CHRIST (The SAVIOUR)
Little wonder those skillful, deft and wood carving hands; would touch blinded eyes and make them see. “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Job 9:9-11 The hands that lifted the lame for their first step and wrote cautiously on the sand for the religious hypocrite. Those skillful hands that spoke volumes would reach out and raise the dead as it pointed to the torment in a demoniac. The hands that would cast out devils and then later break bread in communion. The hands that were finally nailed high to the cross, as Jesus looked at us in our sin and said “… Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-9
“And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:9-11
Thank God that because His Son (the Carpenter) went to the Cross, we can have a relationship with the living Christ. Amen!