Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Holy Week--Wednesday

The Small Crucifixion (1511/1520)
by Matthias Grüenwald (1475/1480-1528)

"After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities."
Isaiah 53:11

"Jesus' soul feeds on the holy happiness
that his cross accomplishes...
It was his meat to do the Father's will,
even when that will was the travail of his soul...
It satisfies his great soul,
meets all the requirements of his mighty mind,
and gratifies all the benevolences that is his large heart...
He is entirely satisfied:
Bethlehem, Gethsemane, Calvary, have left no regrets...
Looking back on all he has endured,
and forward to all that is yet to be accomplished,
he is content--he is delighted with the sight."
--John Brown (1784-1858)
The Sufferings and Glories of the Messiah

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