Last week, I read in a devotional that the cross Jesus is said to have carried weighed approximately 300 pounds. Even if he simply carried the cross section, it was tied to his arms and rubbing against raw flesh that had minutes prior been ripped to shreds by a whip.
We know Jesus was a carpenter, the “son” of Joseph. We know Jesus worked with wood. He built houses. He created furniture. Paul says that creation groans for redemption.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
Romans 8:18-23 ESV
Creation understood at that moment what was happening. What if the wood of that cross that Jesus was working with… what if it began apologizing to Jesus for being so heavy? What if the whipping post apologized for holding Jesus down, because creation understood what was happening. It saw the wickedness that was unfolding. At the time of
Jesus’ death, Creation knew that their Creator had just died and shook violently because they had lost what gave them substance.
Just imagine, Creation may have apologized to Christ. It shook itself when he died, but some of us can’t apologize and repent of our sins. We can’t even shake ourselves enough, as God’s prized creation, to worship. Therefore, creation is waiting for us to realize the opportunity of redemption. Creation has no place to look at the Creator and ask why it was made the way it is. The only response that creation has is worship and admonition toward God. What an opportunity it is to get forgiveness, repent, be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and be filled with His Spirit.
Because in the end, we are all groaning for something. Whether it is love, favor, hope, faith – sometimes that groan comes out different. Sometimes it’s in the drugs that someone is shooting up because they’re groaning for a way to escape their misery. Sometimes it’s in the self-inflicted pain, because the pain in the inside is just too much to bear. So, the only release is to harm oneself. Sometimes it’s in the life of a seemingly happy college student that wastes most of the weekend passed out drunk. In reality, they’re seeking to cover up the voids they feel in their life.
What we must realize is that creation understood what was happening that day on Golgotha, at the whipping post, and on the road to His death. What we must come to terms with is that the weight of the cross wasn’t what Jesus was crushed by or for – He was crushed for our sins. He was beaten for our healing. He was left alone for our iniquities. He took our punishment upon Himself. That day creation recognized and apologized.
In this day, we don’t recognize or apologize for the severity of our sins on that day. Here’s the thing – He would do it all again just so that we might have the chance of redemption and recognize our place as the sons of God, co-heirs with Christ.