It is not surprising that Jesus fell down three times under the weight of the cross and the pain of His wounds as He walked to Calvary. But what is incredible is the fact that He got up – THREE TIMES!
His love for us and His obedience to His Father’s Will is what enabled Him to wipe away the blood that was dripping into His eyes, embrace the cross, and get back on His feet. Jesus probably used that huge wooden cross as leverage as He was getting up… a significant point to reflect upon.
Suffering can be a springboard to a new and higher level of living. Contrary to what society tells us about suffering and how we need to avoid it at all costs, it is a cleansing and renewing process that changes your life for the better, if you allow it to. Your cross is heavy and painful, difficult to handle, but it can prop you up, too. Contemplate Christ on the road to Calvary… the beatings from the soldiers, the trail of blood, the falls… His motivation was love for us!
Try to offer your suffering up for someone you love and ask Jesus to give you the grace to persevere.
…but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 1 Peter 4:13
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