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PRAYER
The Suffering of the Cross
Rosalie G Naglich
28-Jun-2009
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Ephesians 3:19 (AMP)

Although I have read the Gospels many times about Jesus and the cross, one particular day I experienced a new depth of understanding of the love of God. In my mind’s eye I saw myself nudging my way toward the cross. With every breath and with much hesitation, I knew that there would be a glimpse of Jesus’ suffering. But every step was harder and harder to take. As I came closer to the cross, my eyes began to focus on the face of the One who gave His life and poured out His love for mankind. My eyes were fixed on His face that was marred by those who had never tasted the meaning of love and forgiveness.

The crowd at the cross didn’t understand that they were crucifying love, but that love would never die because it was for them. They did not understand that it was not only a body that would die, but Jesus would commit His Spirit unto the Father so that those that would accept Him would have eternal life.

For many years I had personally prayed that I might know Him and the fellowship of His suffering. Recently Jesus took me on a journey of a greater revelation of knowing Him and the fellowship of His suffering. Circumstances in which I would find myself would answer that prayer and I would have a greater revelation of His love.

I experienced only a part of what Jesus endured through rejection and betrayal. It was only in a small measure that I learned a deeper meaning of the words of Jesus, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. His experience would make mine so minor in comparison to the intensity He endured of not only the cross, but rejection and betrayal. I was to learn a greater measure of forgiveness and love that He demonstrated on the cross.

The Holy Spirit began to reveal to me more of the brilliance and magnitude of such love for mankind. Jesus is like a diamond, many facets to His heart. Such love we will never understand, but we must have a revelation, if only in part, of a love that truly forgives.
Our prayer...
Father, let the brilliance of Your love radiate from my heart so that I can know, by experience, the purity of forgiveness. You demonstrated love for the world on the cross, a world that You knew would reject You. Thank You, Father, for the strength of endurance and the grace to forgive.

Your pure love stained the cross and still cries out today for forgiveness. I know that You are saying to me, ‘Nudge a little closer to the cross.’ The closer I come, the more intense are my emotions, but the deeper the revelation of such an extravagant love.