Tag Archive | suffering

Hands that Care

“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.”  Isaiah 49:16

It happens a lot.  The Lord reminds me of His care. 

As I question suffering, sickness, corruption, persecution, or matters which David says are “too difficult for me” (Ps 131:1), the Lord shifts my focus.  He redirected my thoughts today through Tony Reinke’s Miscellanies (Cross-Centered blog), with a profound excerpt about the proof of Jesus’ love and care.  

Read on:

“If you know Jesus, then the hand holding yours bears the calluses of a carpenter who worked with wood and carried a cross for you. When he opens his hand, you see the gnarled flesh of the nail scars on his wrists. And when you think he doesn’t understand your pain, realize that you don’t understand the extent of his pain. Love him or not, he has proven he loves you!

“If you hate suffering, does it make sense to choose eternal suffering when God has already suffered so much to deliver you from it?

“In your most troubled moments, when you cry out to God, ‘Why have you let this happen?’ picture the outstretched hands of Christ, forever scarred…for you.

Do those look like the hands of a God who does not care?”

nail-scarred hands

 

Please read more at Tony’s Miscellanies blog, or check out the book by Randy Alcorn:   If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil, Multnomah, 2009.

His Passion

As the time draws near to the official, calendar days to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, I’d like to share a few hymns/poems centered on Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice.  I certainly rejoice in the resurrection, the riches of His grace, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of Heaven!  But to His “Passion”, the depths of sorrow, rejection, humiliation, grief, and pain Jesus encountered for us, on these things, I will now look;  to glory in My Redeemer and reflect on how very much my own history hinges on the Cross.  

Today’s post is taken from C.H. Spurgeon’s hymnbook, Our Own Hymns: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship. [1]  (I diligently searched the Internet for a melody or recording of this, but found none.)  

 crown-of-thorns1

His Passion
by Joseph Hart, 1759

See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in His lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty hands,
And spit in their Creator’s face.

With thorns His temple gored and gashed
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back’s with knotted scourges lashed,
But sharper scourges tear His heart.

Nailed naked to the accursed wood
Exposed to earth and heaven above,
A spectacle of wounds and blood,
A prodigy of injured love!

Hark! how His doleful cries affright
Affected angels, while they view;
His friends forsook Him in the night,
And now His God forsakes Him too!

Behold that pale, that languid face,
That drooping head, those languid eyes!
Behold in sorrow and disgrace
Our conquering Hero hangs, and dies!

Ye that assume His sacred name,
Now tell me, what can all this mean?
What was it bruised God’s harmless Lamb,
What was it pierced His soul but sin?

Blush, Christian, blush: let shame abound:
If sin affects thee not with woe,
Whatever life is in thee found,
The life of Christ thou doest not know.”

 

[1] Joseph Hart. Our Own Hymns: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social, and Private Worship.  Compiled by C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892). Pilgrim Publications, TX.  2002.  Hymn 274