His Wounds we Are Healed:
He Died of a Broken Heart
Good Friday Meditation
(c) Copyright 2005 Rev. Bill Versteeg
The Meditation was done in conjunction with a Good Friday Cantata.
Beaten and bruised, his beard plucked out, the Rose bore no signs of
beauty. He was a sight to be pitied, turned away from. His head, still
adorned by a crown of thorns, bled, the drops falling like crimson
petals upon the ground. Outwardly stripped of his dignity, with great
effort he summoned his fading strength and said, “Father,
forgive them, for they do not understand what they are doing.”
45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness
came over all the land. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a
loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama
sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my
God, why have you forsaken me?”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his
Physicians and theologians have asked for years why Christ, the "rose,"
died so quickly. Normally, death on a cross, like a slowly wilting
rose, was an agony that lasted for days involving exhaustion and
asphyxiation. In contrast, Jesus only lasted six hours. Why?
One theory suggested by John
Wilkinson (a medical missionary), (along with a host of other
theologians and doctors), is that his death was this swift because he
died of a ruptured heart. If Jesus heart was intact, when he was trust
in the side with a spear, blood or water would have oozed out, because
having deceased he would not longer have blood pressure. Instead, blood
poured out, indicating that there was a pool of blood in his
pericardium. Jesus literally died of a broken heart.
The last wound that we focus on
this Lent, this good Friday is, as Leonard Sweet calls it, the
“spirit wound” of Christ’s broken heart.
“Jesus died broken-hearted, despised, rejected, weeping over
Jerusalem, his spirit thorn torn to shreds by a sinful world dying
itself of heart disease - hardness of heart.”p.15
At the end of the Lent Season, I invite you to remember that he loved
us with such an all consuming passion that God would
rather die than be without us. And so he
died. He died heart broken. In a spastic cry, he gave us his
Spirit. The last scarlet petal fell, and the Rose lay twisted and dead
within the cruel embrace of the thorns.
(NIV) Scripture taken from the HOLY
BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984
International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible
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