“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.