Have you ever pondered upon the death of Jesus Christ? Have you ever pictured Him on the cross? And when you do that what do you see? Do you just see a beaten and battered fellow on the cross or what do you even see?
Now, how do you feel when you told that lie you promised you were never going to tell again? How about the guilt that comes from abortion or stealing? Or the shame you feel when you failed or when you were ‘caught in the act’? How about how wasted you feel when you just can’t get a hold on your ‘high drugs’? What of those times the temptation was so ‘lit’ that even after trying hard you still fell? And whatsoever guilt or shame you might have felt.
So to my first set of questions. When I look at the cross, I don’t just see a man nailed to it. I see a man with mixed feelings, broken heart, wasted, ashamed, guilty, a man of many infirmities, you name it.
Wondering why I would say so? Hebrews 4:15 says Christ was touched with the feelings of our infirmities. Everything! Every infirmity you can think of, every feelings that can come to mind, He felt it all. The message translation puts it this way, “He wasn’t out of touch with our reality” so He wasn’t just the cute sinless saviour. Not only that, He was through weakness and testing, tempted in all ways as we are. Many would say in all ways? But the New Testament records just three times the devil tempted Jesus.
Have you read the Bible well? Luke 4:2 says He was tempted for 40 days. Can you beat that, the temptations came back to back but none of them was a hit. Every temptation that you could think of. He was in that wilderness undergoing temptations per second. And I figured at some point the devil might have come one day in the disguise of a beautiful lady to seduce Christ (before you get amazed, remember the Bible says He was in all ways tempted, plus he had the form of a human).
So while on that cross, Christ bore the sin of the whole world, the ones he didn’t meet, the ones He met, and the ones He was going to leave behind. Every savage thing you could think of, every immoral act you might think you spearheaded.
But the beautiful part of it all was, He nailed it when He nailed it to His cross! (Colossians 2:14)
What am I saying in essence? Whatever you might be going through at the moment, Christ’s been through it all, He has felt it. Little wonder King Solomon said there’s no new thing under the sun. You are right to tell people “you can’t understand just how I feel”. But friend, Christ understands. Whatever you can’t share with anyone or too scared to let go. Christ can handle it. All He’s saying is “Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I will show you how to take a real rest” (Matthew 11:28 MSG).
So the next time the devil plays his pranks of guilt, shame or temptations on you. You tell him loud and clear, THAT’S BEEN NAILED TO THE CROSS!