Nothing was ever so beautiful

cross with blue backlighting

This picture was originally posted back in August. Every Sunday, some other days as well, I sit in the service at First Baptist Church in Stockton and think how beautiful this cross is. During last evening’s Maundy Thursday service the cross, bathed in a red rather than blue glow, tore at my heart as it stood as a stark reminder against the backdrop of an emotional communion worship. As I walked down the aisle to receive the communion elements, symbols of Christ’s suffering humanity and shed blood, I looked up at the cross. Tears flowed. Everything around me, the people, the music, faded. All I could sense was Jesus, the Passover lamb, taking my sins to the cross. I hear his words, “It is finished.”

Nothing was ever so beautiful.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:3-5 (KJV)

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3 Comments

  1. Julie April 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Just beautiful, Randy.

  2. Debra April 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    This is so touching. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Jody April 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I love the Maundy Thursday Service. So glad you were able to attend and have that special time of worship. What a blessing!