My friend Tama commented that my care for Mom was beautiful. I was surprised by her observation since the daily task of caregiving includes repeated reminders, assisting with bathroom needs, preparing meals, and constant supervision which seems less than beautiful.
The love that Jesus displayed to save mankind from sin must have looked less than attractive. Jesus was betrayed by Judas to experience a deviant trial filled with false accusations. The religious crowd spoke verbal slurs and lies against a man who knew no sin. They mocked Him and accused Hiof blasphemy. I’d dare to say this was not a lovely sound.
I can’t imagine watching the Roman soldiers swinging the cat-of-nine tails with force leaving deep wounds upon my Jesus. Blow after blow ripped flesh and left Jesus’ bones exposed. This leaves an image in my mind that makes me weep. Jesus was mutilated. Looking upon Him that day would not have been pleasant.
The scene of Jesus carrying His cross to Golgotha leaves me with less than wonderful thoughts. The blow of each nail piercing His hands, the sight of His blood dripping, and the agony of His face leave horrific images etched in my mind.
Jesus’ suffering was gory, but God’s love for mankind is unforgettable because of His beautiful display of love. Perhaps love is most beautiful when sacrificial love is given.
Dear friends, Valentines’ Day is upon us. The world portrays love as the receiving of roses, cards, candy, and jewelry. This commercial holiday may not be steeped in reality. Perhaps a more beautiful love can be given and experienced. If you find yourself in a tough marriage or caring for others who cannot give love in return keep loving like Jesus.
Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1