Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 9, 2019


Mark 15:1-47 (Please read.)

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost (15:37).

The Suffering Savior

The very message of God, a call to repentance and dedication, is found in the cross of our Savior. Long ago, young Count Zinzendorf was a playboy who reveled in the use of his riches and nobility for worldly and selfish purposes. One day in the art gallery of Dusseldorf, he looked long and steadfastly upon an Ecce Homo, a picture of the suffering Savior. Underneath the moving portrait were these words:

Hoc feci pro te,

Quid facis pro me?

(This I have done for thee,

What hast thou done for Me?)

The young nobleman turned from the sight of our suffering Lord to devote his life and his fortune to the propagation of the gospel. His dedication has reached in loving and saving power to the farthest, darkest corners of the earth through the founding of modern missionary movements.

It is thus with us all. The picture of Christ, crucified before our very eyes, compels us in God’s moving and loving power to kneel at His feet, to look up into His face, to turn from our sins, and to ask the mercy and forgiveness of heaven in His blessed and saving name. This is the power of the cross, and of the Son of God who “died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).


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