what He did...

This morning for my homeroom worship I was sharing Isaiah 53 with my students and once again was overwhelmed by what Jesus did for us sinful humans. What exactly He did and what it means surely will be the study for all eternity. The story of salvation. How our Lord could be the only sacrifice that could save us. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the holocaust, once questioned whether Jesus had suffered enough to understand any hurt. The suffering or more adequately put by Dr. Luke as agony. Agony. An extreme physical and mental pain. Agony that resulted in 'His sweat (becoming) like great drops of blood falling down to the ground' (Luke 22:44). The only  gospel writer to mention this was a doctor. A doctor who would understand and use words used in medical circles. What happened to Jesus in that garden is widely recognised as being an incredibly rare condition referred to as hematidrosis or hemohidrosis. It results, "under conditions of great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can rupture, thus mixing blood with perspiration" (Lumpkin, R. (1978), “The Physical Suffering of Christ,” Journal of Medical Association of Alabama, 47:8-10). In other words, before Jesus suffered more than most before He even got anywhere near the road to Calvary, which included:  three Jewish and three Roman trials, a Roman scourging, beating and mocking, carrying His cross (until too weak), then the ultimate Roman punishment of crucifixion. "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (verse 3). And Jesus did this for me... For you...

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" (verse 4). He still understands any hurt. Any pain. And He's waiting to carry our loads and burdens. Waiting. Willing us to turn to Him. To pray. To talk and share. To give over all that is pushing us to the ground.

Eric & Monique