What are you most thankful for?

I have been asked several times in my life, ”what am I most thankful for?” It was a hard question to answer. It seemed I was grateful for everything. Then I thought, about a man that I didn’t know, but he knew me. This man loved me more than I could imagine. Before I was even born, he knew I would have a sinful nature. It broke the man’s heart, knowing I would not have a way to be saved unless he died for me. Yes, he died for me so I could live and be free from sin. I love this man. Jesus is his name, he paid my debt for my sins past, present, and future. That is what I am most thankful for.

At the age of 33, Jesus was sentenced to death.
At the time of The Crucifixion, it was the “worst” death.
Only the worst criminals were sentenced to be crucified. However, it was even more terrible for Jesus, unlike other criminals sentenced to death by crucifixion, Jesus would be nailed on the Cross by his hands and feet.
Each nail: Was 6 to 8 inches long.
The nails were hammered into his wrist,
Not on his palms as is commonly depicted.
There is a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. Roman guards knew that, when the nails were being inserted into the wrist, the tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use his ribs for support, so he could breathe.
His two feet, they were inserted together, that’s how he was forced to lean on the only nail that tied his feet to the cross.
Jesus could not support himself with his legs because of the pain.
So he was forced to alternate arching his back.
He wore out his legs just to continue breathing. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage that endured it.
Jesus endured that reality for more than 3 hours.
Yes, more than 3 hours!
Can you imagine this kind of Suffering?
A few minutes before he died, Jesus stopped bleeding, water just flowed from his wounds.
From common images we see wounds on his hands and feet and even the spear wound at his side …
But we find out that his wounds were actually made all over his body by a mallet driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapping and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing his side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and because the lashes were so severe they tore flesh off his body.
The crown of thorns embedded deep into his scalp.
Most men would not have survived this torture.
He had no more blood to bleed, only the water gushed out of their wounds.
All this not to mention the humiliation he suffered after carrying the cross for almost 2 km, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones at him.
Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of heaven, so that you can have access to God.
So that your sins may be “washed” and carried away. All of them, without exception!
Jesus Christ died for you, me, and everyone in the world.

What are you most thankful for?

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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