SILENT SUFFERING SAVIOR

I have been meditating on a portion of scripture for some time now. In it I see the suffering Christ, suffering for my sins, the sins of commission and the sins of omission. Sins that caused him great hurt and pain.  He was injured physically beyond my comprehension.  He felt that he had been separated from the Father which, I think, was the most painful of all.  He suffered as a result of all I have and will do to hurt others.  In all of this I see the suffering Savior silent.  He did not ever express His feelings to those who were nearby.  All he said was, Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. His conversation was to the Father.  He did not hold these sins against me, rather he forgave me of these sins.  In fact, he was taking my punishment for these sins. This is the example that I desire to follow.  I am not there yet, but I am praying to be. Isaiah. 53:7 – He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  He was not thinking of himself, rather he was thinking of us (others).  For me this has opened yet further glories of the cross that we sing of. 
Whether what we do is good or evil:  The King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matt.25: 40) Even as what we do good is to him in our service and love for others, all of our sin is against him as well, including how we hurt others. The good news which is for all believers, is that Jesus forgives us of the hurt and pain we have caused him and silently took the punishment for us. Should we do anything less?  (Matt. 18:21-35)  When we forgive from the heart, we no longer desire to see the one we have forgiven punished knowing Jesus was punished for them.

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