And how gently He bore His sufferings! We remember the impressive silence which He maintained before the furious and malignant storm of accusation at the bar of Pilate. We remember how, amidst a series of insults and torture which makes us shudder to read of, when the thorns were crushed into His brow, and the faded scarlet thrown round Him, and the reed put into His hand and then wrested from Him and used to strike Him again and again, not one word of reproach, or protest, or anger, escaped His lips. We remember “what a grace He had, even in His dying hour”; how He prayed when the nails were driven through His hands, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”; how He opened Paradise to the penitent thief at His side; how He died with no word of bitterness upon His lips. And therein, as in all His life, we behold His exceeding gentleness.
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Have you ever sat and read through the New Testament and read only the words Jesus’ words (the words in red in some Bibles)? For a completely new perspective, I challenge us to do just that. I know context is everything, but let’s step out of the exegesis box (interpreting the Scriptures) for a brief moment, to get an amazing snapshot of Jesus. His strength, authority, love, and compassion.