Have you ever wondered what Christ's body went through on the cross? What exactly was the procedure that He endured? What happened to his hands and his feet from a biological standpoint? Every year around Easter, my mind starts to ponder these things. I try and let my thoughts sink deep into the scene. Mobs are yelling to crucify a seemingly innocent and harmless person. A courtyard is buzzing with murmurs of rumors and accusations.
Then—the walk. That terrible walk.
That walk to Golgotha, described briefly in John 19, leaves so much room for imagination. I allow my thoughts to run wild. I wonder what the cross looked like, and what was He thinking about, as He knew the task that lay ahead? What had his body already endured before having to carry his cross; and was that normal? What was being yelled at him as he carried the cross?
My cross—the cross I deserved.
I’m realizing that, to a degree, it’s healthy for us to sit and ponder these things. I believe we should expose ourselves, from time to time, to the painful realization of exactly what Christ endured for us, more so on Good Friday than any other day. Good Friday is not a day for celebration. It’s a day for remembrance. We should welcome, and dwell, on the heaviness that comes with that day.
This year, we will have an exhibit open to everyone called, "A Walk to the Cross". It will be located in the BX Venue. It will show biological and historical information on what Jesus endured for us. It might be a little difficult to read or look at, but I believe it will set our heart and mind in the right frame so we can enter these services in an attitude of remembrance.
I encourage you to take a moment before going to one of the Good Friday services to walk through this exhibit and allow your mind and heart to be a little heavy knowing that, although it is Friday, Sunday is coming.