Tag: Hands

Engraved!

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

(1874)

“Can a mother forget the baby at her bosom and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Behold! I have engraved you on the palms of My hands!” Isaiah 49:15-16

“Behold,” says infinite God, “I have engraved you on the palms of My hands!” Not on the mountains, as colossal as they are, for they shall depart; not on any page of nature’s vast volume, for the last fires shall scorch them; not on blazing sun, for it shall grow dim with age; not on glorious heavens, for they shall be folded together as a scroll.

But on . . . the hand which made the worlds, the hand which was transfixed on the cruel cross, the hand of infinite might and unmeasurable love; I have engraved you there! No corroding power can efface the writing, or obliterate your name!

You are Mine now, and Mine forever!

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name–you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1

by John MacDuff

 

The Reality of Suffering on A Cross

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

What was a crucifixion? Let us try to realize it, and understand its misery. The person crucified was laid on his back on a piece of timber, with a cross-piece nailed to it near one end – or on the trunk of a tree with branching arms, which answered the same purpose. His hands were spread out on the cross-piece, and nails driven through each of them, fastening them to the wood. His feet in like manner were nailed to the upright part of the cross. And then, the body having been securely fastened, the cross was raised up, and fixed firmly in the ground. And there hung the unhappy sufferer until pain and exhaustion brought him to his end – not dying suddenly, for no vital part of him was injured – but enduring the most excruciating agony from his hands and feet, and unable to move.

Such was the death of the cross. Such was the death that Jesus died for us! For six long hours He hung there before a gazing crowd, naked, and bleeding from head to foot – His head pierced with thorns – His back lacerated with scourging – His hands and feet torn with nails – and mocked and reviled by His cruel enemies to the very last.