“Peer into the 39 stripes” - Alex Anaya
Oh what a powerful thought, to peer into the 39 stripes of Jesus sacrifice.
Jesus prayed “Father I desire that they also, whom You have given me, may be with me where I am…” Just the passion behind that “Father I desire” the passion of the Son of God, the Christ. We are those whom He desires to be with. It was the joy set before Him, to endure the cross for us.
The story of the thief on the cross moves my heart so much.
The guilt lays heavy upon his head, remembering the life lived in darkness. Breathing in the last moments of his life on earth, hope catches his eye, the light of the world hanging at his side. He turns to see Jesus, who was not on the cross to die for His own sins, but rather the sins of the world, even the sins of a thief. Peering into the stripes of the spotless lamb slain, He cries out. As the justice he deserved crashes down upon him, mercy extends its bloody arm, and a love stronger than death answers back. Death races to collect on the debt he owed, arriving just a few moments late. With the promise of paradise, today becomes, not the end, but the beginning of his life.
That thief peered into the bloody stripes of Jesus like no other man in history.
When we peer into the stripes of Jesus, wondering what it was like, He says, with eyes full of love, you were worth it!