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Eyes of the Father: A father always feels his child’s pain

POSTED: September 30, 2012 1:00 a.m.

At the church I used to pastor, we had a parlor off the foyer. Each Sunday morning, Chloe and Cole would go into the parlor and explore the small room.

Sometimes they’d close the door. They weren’t up to anything diabolical; I guess they just liked the idea of having a “secret place.”

One Sunday morning, Chloe went into the parlor and closed the door. She closed it a little too hard. She closed it a little too fast. The door shut before she could get her hand out of the way, and it closed on her finger.

Her high-pitched screams brought me running. I opened the door to find Chloe clutching her hand. She had a deep gash running across the back of one of her fingers. Blood flowed freely from the wound.

Afraid she’d done serious damage to her finger, Amy and I put her in the van and drove to the doctor. While we waited for the inevitable X-rays to come back, all sorts of worst-case scenarios ran through my mind. Her finger was broken. She’d have an ugly scar. Her finger would never again function properly.

The doctor finally came back and gave us the news: no broken bone. Just a cut that bled ... a lot. Today, there’s not even a scar.

It’s hard to hear your child crying out in pain. It’s hard to see your child’s blood flowing from a nasty wound. On the day of Christ’s crucifixion, that’s exactly what our heavenly father had to hear and see.

Jesus received horrible physical torment that day, even before he was crucified. Beaten, whipped, a crown of thorns jammed down upon his brow. That’s not even to mention the emotional anguish he experienced that day as the crowd called for his death, as he was mocked and insulted.

Doubtless, there were many times that Jesus cried out in pain. Blood flowed freely from his brow, his back and the punctures in his hands and feet. God the father heard and saw it all. I’m sure his anguish matched that of his son’s.

Yet because of Jesus’ sacrifice, the worst-case scenario of an eternity in hell doesn’t apply to those who have received him as savior. His body was broken (although not a single bone, as prophesied — Zechariah 12:10). He bore the scars of his torment (John 20:27). But because of what he did, we are now able to function properly for the kingdom of God.

Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.


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