Thursday, March 07, 2019

Phillips: the pity of Christ

Thursday, March 7, 2019
    Feast of Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203
    He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
    —Isaiah 53:3-5 (KJV)
    God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man, suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized—finally dying a criminal’s death—and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Your God is Too Small [1953], Simon and Schuster, 2004, p. 109 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 53:3-5; Ex. 20:2-18; Jer. 5:1-2; Matt. 27:54-55; Mark 15:39-41; Luke 23:47-49; John 11:35-36
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me compassion for those who are suffering.
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