It Has Begun..!
Mr. Robert Clements
Who were those who stood at the foot of the cross?
As we read the gospels, we read that Jesus touched the lives of many, and we assume they were those mentioned in the Bible, that were healed, but according to John, ‘there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.’
And I do believe that the shadow of the cross from the top of the hill, fell down across the slope to the plain below, covering hundreds, nay thousands who had either been healed in their body, or mind or spirit; so many that their numbers would have filled too many pages of too many books, mentioning too many miracles Jesus had done!
And yet those thousands watched silently.
Or were there some, though dreadful thought that it is, whose tongues had been healed who had cried, “Crucify him!”?
Others whose healed arms and legs now fit and strong enabled them to walk to the scene of the crucifixion and hurl stones on their healer?
Did the dying Man on the cross, look sorrowfully at those He had touched, and wonder why they had not used same eyes that could now see, to make others see He was innocent, why those whose limbs were now whole, hadn’t used them to prevent Roman soldiers carrying out their cruel orders?
Why had there not been a mob who in their fury would have prevented the death of an innocent man?
Were these the thoughts of the Dying Man on the Cross?
It would have been yours and mine, if we had been strung up there to die, and as the shadows lengthened on those we had touched with our lives.
But the face of the dying Man, instead of reflecting such bitter thoughts was being lit with joy as He heard the thief at His side, say, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”
And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise!”
Yes it was certainly joy in that agony, when Jesus knew with absolute certainty that it was not just for healing He had come down to earth, not just for preaching, but for dying, so that the sin, the guilt and shame of the world, starting with the thief next to Him, was wiped out!
Though His human body groaned with the extreme pain of nails, and spear and thorns, though insults, jeers and taunts were laying Him low, yet it was the fact that this sinner next to Him, could now enter heaven’s gates because of His death that would have made Jesus whisper ‘It is finished!” here on earth, but, “It Has Begun!” His triumphant shout, in the realms of heaven..!
Robert Clements is a Newspaper Columnist, with an estimated readership of 6 million. He also conducts
a short- term Writer’s Course.