Deut. 21:22 "If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and then hanged on a tree, 23 the body must never remain on the tree overnight. You must bury the body that same day, for anyone hanging on a tree is cursed of God."
It has been written before that God grew the tree that formed the cruel cross of Calvary. When the Son of Man had the weight of that tree thrown on his bleeding and throbbing wounds, He felt sin to be the heavier burden. The Innocent Man, Who had never sinned, was about to die as the vilest criminal in history. "God made Him who knew no sin, to become sin, that we might become the righteousness of God."- all the blasphemy, greed, selfisness, bitternes, jealousy, sexual perversion, and wickedness weighed so heavy on His heart.
He pushed with all that his beaten body could exert. The sinews and tendons were presssed to extreme limits. Scripture says that He did this for the "joy set before Him"- the joy of receiving the redeemed as His brothers and sisters, adopted into God's family.
The pain of the nails were nothing to the pain of bearing sin. As the broken body stretched under the pull of gravity, He felt the full weight of sin.
As He hung on the tree, He became cursed of God. I will never get over hte reality that it should be me on that tree- 100 times over.
Lord Jesus...how does 'thank -you ' not sound so hollow?