Dr. Sam Smith, Guest columnist
Jacksonville Daily Progress
“The look of love was on His face,
Thorns were on His head.
The blood was on His scarlet robe,
Stained a crimson red.
Though His eyes were on the crowd that day,
He looked ahead in time,
For when He was on the Cross,
I was on His mind.
He knew me, yet He loved me,
He whose glory makes the heavens shine.
So unworthy of such mercy.
Yet when He was on the Cross, I was on His mind.”
By Ronnie Hinson & Mike Payne
The gospel group, The Florida Boys, made this song popular. The title tells a wonderful truth, “When He Was On The Cross, I Was On His Mind”. Jesus suffered and died to redeem all of mankind — you and me. He opened the doors to heaven for all who would accept Him as Lord and Savior.
I received a letter from the Bill Glass, Champion For Life Ministry today. The following is paraphrased from that letter.
Jesus was suffering excruciating pain as He hung on the cross at Calvary. The Scriptures tells us His last words. Even though he was in agonizing pain, He was not thinking of Himself. He was thinking of others. He called down to John and asked him to take care of His mother. He asked His Father to forgive those who had crucified Him. He even answered the request of the repentant and dying convict on the cross next to Him.
Jesus had told His disciples, “The Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Jesus lived this out even to His last breath. Jesus was focused on loving God and loving others.
Jesus is our example. We are to show concern for the things that concerned Him. We are to love what He loves, go where He says to go, and do what He says to do.
Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-40)
This Easter Season, may we remember all that Jesus did for us — He gave His life to give us the ultimate gift: eternal life. (John 3:16) Let us honor Him by thinking of others and sharing His Gospel.
Dr. Sam Smith,