BY HIS STRIPES
This piece was so emotional to create because I had to put myself there. Have you ever really thought about it from that position? I mean, we’ve taken communion, we’ve contemplated His sacrifice…But have you put yourself there and really considered the wounds and the chastisement and the affliction and the judgement and the oppression and the whipping and beating and bruising and pain He took as He siphoned all of our sins, illnesses, chains, and iniquities onto Himself? Have you ever known someone who would do that? Yes. And He lives inside of you. By the magnitude of what He did, He broke every chain in Hell, broke Death itself, set us free, forgave us, ascended into Heaven, and poured out His Spirit! We are alive with Christ! Forgiven! Free! Complete! Righteous! Justified! Cleansed! Healed! He did it all—there’s no way I could have fit everything He did on this wood. Praise God. He gave His one and only Son so we could have eternal life through Him. He loved us that much. And Jesus loved God the Father and US enough to not seek His own will and save Himself, but to choose death on a cross to become a substitute for us and accomplish all of the things we could never do. Can’t even contain that love…And we aren’t meant to. Let it overflow. Let everyone experience His love in you!
(Also, yes, I spelled whipped wrong. And, for once in my life, I so don’t care, lol)