Shade of the Moriah Tree

My God My God Why Have You Forsaken Me

MEL GIBSON’S DEPICTION of Christ’s sufferings in his epic film, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ left deep impressions upon countless audiences the world round. He succeeded in bringing to life the disturbingly cruel and inhumane realities of crucifixion as many Christians have testified to being profoundly moved at the barbaric horror Christ endured to secure our salvation.

However, what Gibson failed even to begin endeavouring to embark upon was Christ’s spiritual suffering that infinitely outweighed His physical agonies. I use the word infinitely because the depths of Christ’s suffering are immeasurable. When Isaac Watts, in one of the most astounding hymns of Christ’s death, penned ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’, it really is a surveying that will endure through all eternity. The height, depth and breadth of our Saviour’s Bitter Cup is the measure of God’s love for us. The Apostle Paul speaks of such love that surpasses knowledge…

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