The Pain in Persecution — Daily Meditation Moment

“Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain.” Isaiah 53:10 (The Message Bible)

 In 2004, my husband and I went to the movie, “The Passion of Christ.” For a long time after seeing the pain and suffering that Jesus went through before he finally died, I was angry with Mel Gibson. “Why did you have to have Jesus continually flogged on the way to the cross?” I understand that the production of the movie was man’s interpretation of the pain Jesus went through…but did Mel have to show it so brutally?

When I read the scripture for today, Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah and that the Messiah would be crushed with pain. I now understand the exaggerated pain scenes in the movie, as we continue to live in a world full of pain today. On October 9, 2012, the world was shocked to learn that Malala, a fourteen-year old girl from Pakistan, had been shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. All she wanted in life was an education!


One can only imagine the pain and agony this young woman is experiencing during her recovery. In a Facebook post, the writer suggested Malala be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I agree. Do you believe Jesus would approve, also?

Dear Lord, we yearn for the day when there will be no pain caused to those who stand up for a cause. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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