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Do you recall either of the movies, Dead Man Walking or The Green Mile? Both of those movies were about prisoners on death row and their impending execution. I’ve often wondered what goes through the mind of someone in such a situation as the days pass by and the appointed time of execution comes nearer…and then finally arrives. What do they think about in their final hours? What about their feelings and emotions as the seconds tick off along with their heartbeats?
There are those who have cancer…who also know that their end is approaching. They may not know a date and time, but they know it is coming.
Then, there was Jesus. He was the only one who knew his execution was coming on the day we call “Good Friday”. But he knew, oh, he knew! He had spoken of his destiny in no uncertain terms, but his disciples just didn’t get it. And so he had to bear the foreknowledge alone. On this day nearly 2000 years ago, Jesus knew that he had 96 hours (give or take) before his execution. What was the human side of Jesus thinking? How could he possibly contain his emotions? What was he thinking on this day 2000 years ago at the very moment you are reading this?
To all appearances, he was the epitome of cool and calm. Until, that is, the Garden of Gethsemane when he was in “agony”. Even God has emotions…and Jesus was also 100% human. I cannot fathom it…
When I was in Gethsemane this summer, we entered the church that contains the stone where it is said Jesus prayed. I was in tears thinking of what he must have felt and experienced there.
The other day as I thought about this DayBreaks, it dawned on me that we all have a death sentence. We’ve lived with it from the moment of conception. We try to pretend it doesn’t exist…but it does. It is every bit as real as any death sentence handed down from a judge.
But if Easter means one thing, it surely must mean this: this death sentence can be overturned, and indeed, the ultimate death sentence is overturned for all who put their faith and trust in Jesus.
PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for taking our ultimate death sentence onto your own shoulders at Calvary…and then for proving Your power to overturn even death itself! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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