Note: This post first appeared on my old blog, Far Above Rubies, on March 9, 2012. ~Alisha
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12
This could possibly change the way Christ is portrayed on the cross. But what really struck me, to the point of actually wincing was the image of a large nail pounded through the heel. If a small cut and removal of a piece of nerve can cause pain to be felt years after the procedure, my mind cannot fathom the pain of crucifixion. That verse from Psalms 91 is repeated in Matthew 4:6 by Satan in an attempt to tempt Christ. Jesus had gone out to the desert for forty days and forty nights. This being Lent, this story is told quite often. Jesus, of course, could have called on angels to come lift him away. But having been led by the Holy Spirit (4:1), he stayed the path and overcame temptation. But staying that path- the path that led to the Via Dolorosa– was truly one of obedience and sacrifice. As I walk the narrow, sometimes weighed down by my cross, I remind myself Christ is here with me, shouldering most of the burden. I also take comfort that eventually, Christ did take flight, not in escape, but glory. For it isn’t through my lowly strength that I’ll persevere, but through Christ, who strengthens me.