The Pain Begins

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The Pain Begins

As a young man working in construction, I stapled my hand to the wall.  I have no idea how I did it but I can still remember the pain, and the fact that I did not have a pair of pilers to pull it out.  I have no one to blame.  I did it to myself.  I was not distracted by other workers.  The air gun did not malfunction.  It in fact worked exactly the way it was supposed to work.  The operator made a mistake.  One that I never made a second time.

I am grateful that it was not a nailer, I can’t imagine how much pain nailing my hand to the wall would have caused and I know that I would not have been able to pull it out.  With a staple I was strong enough to pull it out without a lot of damage.  My hand hurts just thinking of what a nail might have done and how long it might have taken to get help.

Easter is the time we stop and remember the pain of the nails in Jesus feet and hands and the spear in his side.  It is my favourite time of the year.  I came to faith around Easter as a 12 year old.  Up to then Easter was about how much chocolate I was going to be able to get and eat.  I sometimes got new clothes but I rather would have had chocolate.

Easter changed for me when I realized that God loved me and died for me and that he would do it again if he had to.  I did not feel that I deserved his love, I still don’t believe I deserve his love, yet I am loved.  Easter, that first Easter of my new relationship with God, opened my eyes to how much pain God suffered to set me free from my own screw ups.  I could pull a stable out of my hand but I could not deal with the anger, the bitterness, the jealousy, the stealing, the damage that I had already done in 12 short years.

Jesus was nailed to a tree!

Jesus choose the nails

Jesus choose to suffer for me

Jesus choose to love me

Jesus choose to forgive me

My pain ended forever on that cross!  Jesus pain had just begun!  As long as I live it will always be a wonder the Jesus died for me.  Luke 22:19 Then He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with them. Jesus: This is My body, My body given for you. Do this to remember Me.

Jesus gave his body to suffer in my place.  Wonder of Wonders let the pain begin.

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