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Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" by Isaac Watts

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on March 2, 2022

 

No matter where you go throughout the world, images of the cross adorn the walls and steeples of churches. The cross is also worn around their necks of some Christians as part of their daily attire, and some have opted to adorn their bodies with the cross in permanent ink.  For many Christians, each year on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, they receive the cross on their foreheads in ash.

It is safe to say, that the cross is accepted as the most popular symbol of Christianity today. I found it interesting that early Christians did not use the cross as an image of their religion because the cross represented crucifixion and that evoked the shameful death of a slave or criminal.

In his book, “Unrevealed Until Its Season,” James Howell reflects on this hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” He recalls thinking about they hymn as the ashes placed on his forehead at an Ash Wednesday service. He states it made him recall the sacrifice Christ made on Calvary’s cross and the horror of the cross on which He was crucified. Mr. Howell suggests, that when we ‘survey’ the cross, not just glance at it, but carefully look at it from every angle, we will better understand the sacrifice made. The cross on which Jesus died was not made of metal or smooth polished wood, it was gnarled with human flesh.  

Research shows wood was so scarce in Jerusalem during the first century A.D. that the Romans were forced to travel miles to secure timber. The vertical pole, which was set in a permanent place, was reused for subsequent executions. Despite popular belief and pictures, we see of Jesus’ walk to Golgotha, those who were condemned to crucifixion never carried the complete cross, they only carried the crossbar/beam. The crossbeam. After being whipped, or “scourged,” the condemned would then carry the crossbeam of his cross, which weighed approximately 100 pounds, to the place of punishment. The upright shaft or vertical post was already fixed in the ground, there the crossbar would be attached to it.

Stripped of his clothing, he would be bound with outstretched arms to the crossbeam or nailed firmly to it through the wrists. The crossbeam would then be raised up, approximately 9 to 12 feet from the ground to the upright shaft and fastened to it. Then their feet were tightly bound or nailed to the vertical post. Halfway up the post, a ledge was inserted that gave some support to the body. Over the criminal’s head was placed a plaque stating his name and his crime.

Death ultimately occurred by a combination of constrained blood flow, organ failure, and asphyxiation because of the body strain from its own weight. Death would be hastened by shattering the legs of the condemned with an iron club, preventing them from supporting their body’s weight. This made breathing difficult, accelerating both asphyxiation and shock.

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.

  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow, and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

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