Love falls…face to the ground…to meet us where we are

by Craig on March 15, 2012

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Yesterday I thought of the help You received on the Via Dolorosa, Lord (here and here).

It might seem the Romans were merciful.
But their allowance was more for them than You.
You were slowing down their schedule…

It was not so much mercy as time management.

I’m recounting the journey of my 48 hour lenten fast…meditating on the Stations of the Cross. The journaling of the fast began here – and if you’d like, you can follow the posts one after the other…to this one. That’d be about 40 minutes of slow reading…20 if you’re a skimmer 50 if you like gazing at pretty pictures

The seventh Station of the Cross.

The God of the universe…
for the second time…
face to the ground.

Unlimited power and strength limited only Your love for us.

You crawled on the dirt of this planet we live on.
You stand with us when we are brought low.
You bring Yourself to our level…meet us where we are.

You show me how to pick up my cross and move, even though clouds gather, even though support vanishes like a flock of birds all frightened at once…

even if I have to do it alone…
even if I don’t want to…
even if I’ve been rejected…
and hurt…
and mistreated…
and feel the heavy hand of unfairness…

Jesus falls the second time. The seventh Station of the Cross. source

…feel it all push me face down to the ground.

As You lifted yourself from that dirt that you were pressed into, please…

Lift. My. Faith.

You surprised the Romans by dying so quickly on the cross.
You were only there three hours…three excruciating hours.
People would normally last on a crucifix for days…
providing a scarecrow like warning to not to disturb Roman order.

How disappointed they must have been…
Having to take down their plaque…

“King of the Jews.”

You deprived them of their mockery of God’s people.

So they thrust the spear into Your side to confirm Your death.

And to everyone witnessing it seemed that blood and water flowed.

It was blood, but not water.

After all You had been through, fluid built up in around Your heart and lungs…and so much blood loss. So when they ran the spear into Your chest, piercing both Your heart and lungs, there was blood and clear fluid.

Screen shot from the television series "Legend Quest: The Holy Lance.

 

There are still some who think You didn’t die on the cross.

But you don’t recuperate from this.

You were dead…
then You were not.

It’s seems absolute craziness to believe that You could raise Yourself from the dead.

It’s absolute craziness to deny that You did.

I guess we all just have to choose our brand of crazy.

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Lisa Maria March 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

I’d rather be crazy and crazy in love with My Saviour than ‘sane’ and destined for an eternity without Him! Doesn’t it just pierce your heart to know that DAILY we continue to push Him down with the weight of our sins and nail his hands and feet with our ingratitude? Meditating on His Passion always makes me so sorry for my sins.

Btw, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your prayers..I truly appreciate it. Oh and I do recommend that you see Passion of the Christ (if you want to take your meditation of His Passion a little further). I won’t lie to you..its graphic in its violence and therefore a very authentic reproduction of what He must have truly endured. I hid my face for many, many parts and cried throughout almost the whole thing, but my heart swelled with love for my Saviour. I have often meditated on His Passion through prayers of Saints like St Bridget of Sweden but actually seeing it re-enacted was almost too much to bear. Its not for the faint of heart at all!

Have a lovely weekend and God bless you Craig!

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

Amen Lisa Maria – better a fool for the creator and sustainer of all things – then to be wise person, only wise in the ways of the world. And when I think of how, daily, with my every sin or my every debt that I accumulate, I push him further down – yes – it hurts – and I’m sorry. Maybe that’s why we choose not to think about it so much – and also maybe one reason why in heaven there will be no sin – because the price of sin will be plain to see – the ugliness of sin will be obvious – and with better version will come our better resurrected heart. And about the movie – maybe this year – we’ll see. I hope you have a lovely weekend too – I’ll be posting this weekend for the first time in a long time. Oh,. and God bless you!

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Felecia March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I get so emotional when I contemplate of our Savior upon the cross – dying so we could live. The heart-wrenching, gut-twisting pain and humiliation the He suffered for me – for you. Its beyond belief … and yet I completely believe.
And … I’m happy to share my brand of crazy with others who swim in the same pool. Together – fools in love with One who is our Everything.
Thank you for this series, Craig. Even though you made me cry, you big lug.
May God bless you.
Felecia

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Craig March 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

HEART THIS Felecia………..”Its beyond belief … and yet I completely believe.”

…and I’m just a little lug by the way (◔‿◔)

PS it made me cry too

PPS God bless you my friend.

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biscuit March 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I’ve always struggled to find meaning in the Passion – to get beyond my own perception of pain and suffering to understand the heart behind the suffering of Christ; to see that it doesn’t end here, with the Passion, but this is just the beginning – from this point is new life, is the coming of the Kingdom, is love unfettered, set free from death.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your struggles, your wrestling with the Word. To hear it told with such emotion, such depth of contemplation, is such a help to my own understanding!

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Craig March 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

you DO know of course that you are a poet with your prose. Right? I Heart this!!! “the coming of the Kingdom, is love unfettered, set free from death.” I give credit for any “depth of contemplation” to the 48 hour fast which gave birth to these words – it was kind of special time – and I heart when I “see” things like this better. Thank you for noticing. Thank you for being here. And God bless and keep you Bekky.

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Debbie March 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Thank you for this Craig . . .for sharing these meditations with us, helping us on our journeys too. God bless you and keep you!

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Craig March 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

So little of this is from me Debbie. I had that fast… I spoke to our Lord like anybody could speak to our Lord… And then I listened… And then I wrote… Nothing special… Anybody could do it. But thank you, and God bless you my friend.

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Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters March 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Very thought-provoking, Craig! It’s hard to imagine what Jesus actually went through in the crucifixion. My now-adult daughter wrote a college paper one year about violence in movies. One of the movies she chose was The Passion of the Christ. I watched it with her. She decided it was one of the worst movies she had ever seen because it was so horrible to watch 2 hours of Jesus being tortured. There just wasn’t enough emphasis on how it all ends.

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Craig March 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

Deb, I repeat to you what I said to the person who commented before you, her name is also Deb as “chance” would have it. The words here ARE thought-provoking… But…

“So little of this is from me Debbie. I had that fast… I spoke to our Lord like anybody could speak to our Lord… And then I listened… And then I wrote… Nothing special… Anybody could do it.

And that movie – it WAS a horrible, blood drenched, violent, dreadful thing. I haven’t seen it. But I have studied the crucifixion of our Lord. There were massive amounts of blood, not just at the crucifixion, but well before, and no one to clean up and, no one to stop the bleeding, and new wounds with every step. One of the reasons Jesus fell so often would have been the severe lack of blood. So yes, the movie is extremely bloody, extremely violent, but it might not have even shown how bad it was.

And lastly, I DO agree with you – things don’t end with the crucifixion – they BEGIN with the resurrection. Immediately after that movie came out, I remember thinking, “He needs to stay with this, the next movie is a natural… The resurrection of the Christ.” But it never happened. His life and reputation may have gone a whole different route if it did. If ever there were a need for a sequel.

Thank you Deb, and God bless and keep you.

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