On the Day that Jesus Died

The morning that Jesus was condemned, I sipped my coffee with contentment while sitting on the back porch.

While He was hungry and thirsty, I savored the sweet flavor of my coffee creamer, and wondered what flavor I should try next.

Photo by Sabri Tuzcu

While crowds screamed for Him to be crucified, I enjoyed the songs of the birds as they moved from branch to branch.

While He was suspended from the wrists and flogged, shredding the flesh of His back, I indulged in a warm shower.

While He dragged the cross up the hill to Golgotha, stumbling, enduring splinters from the wood and the weight of His burden, I sat on my soft couch to fold a load of fresh, clean laundry.

While the nails separated sinew and bone, piercing through skin and muscle, I prepared a warm breakfast for my kids.

Photo by Gianluca Carnicella

While His blood ran thick, red and hot down His arms, down His face, down His back, I filed my nails and polished them in a bright Easter pink.

While Mary watched her son suffer a bloody, gruesome death, I complained of the messy state of my kids’ rooms.

While Jesus groaned on the cross and struggled to breathe, I took a break and sat down for a little rest.

While He promised eternal life to a criminal dying next to Him, I yawned, stretched, checked the clock, and begrudgingly started on my next chore.

While He sighed His last breath with the phrase, “It is finished”, my sins were paid for. My filth was purchased by the ransom of pure, innocent blood.

And He did it without complaint.

In every way, I am undeserving of His suffering and sacrifice.

But good news is coming…

Photo by Jon Tyson

4 thoughts on “On the Day that Jesus Died

  1. What a beautiful post! I shared it on the Birmingham Baptist Association’s Facebook page. You are such a gifted writer! Happy Easter to you and your family!

    1. Toni, you are so sweet! Your words mean a lot to me, and thanks for sharing! Happy Easter to you and your family, as well. 🙂

  2. Loved this! I am constantly amazed at the gift of writing you have. I sent this article to about 40 Pastors on my email list, and all my colleagues at the Evangelism Office of our State Convention, and to Dr. Rick Lance, our Executive Director. You have blessed many of God’s servants today. And your ole dad too! I love you!

    1. Aww Daddy thank you!! It fills my heart when I know my daddy’s proud of me. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it. And I appreciate the shares! That the whole reason I write at all – for the Creator who gave me a love for words.

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