Most paintings of the crucifixion show Jesus with a loin cloth of sorts. In fact, he was naked--they had stripped him of everything, dealt the cruelest indignities--beaten so harshly that his organs could show in places. If ever, when ever . . . I forget just what He went through, as a man . . . and experience my own suffering, I rush to recall His. My sin was in those blows He received. . . . How dare I ever forget! The pain, the mockery, the affront, the indignities put upon this innocent Man--He Who created and gives breath to the very torturers. . . . Never forget! Never forget! And yet, showing grace and mercy, every day, He showers blessings--so many of which we take for granted or even find ways to complain about. . . .
My Lord You are great! Incredible! Astounding! Beautiful! Righteous! Holy! Blessed!