WHOLE PATIENCE: TO KNOW, TO UNDERSTAND THE QUALITY, THE ABILITY, OR THE FACT OF PATIENCE, I PRAY TO THE SON OF MAN KNOWN AS JESUS, A NATIVE OF NAZARETH, GALILEE.
I pray to Son of Man, a native of Nazareth, Galilee to know, and to understand the quality, the ability, or the fact of “PATIENCE.” I am using the phrase “WHOLE PATIENCE” for Jesus clearly demonstrated His other supernatural abilities. Jesus had several options if He chose not to wait, not to tolerate, not to succumb, and not to experience the horrors of pain and humiliation imposed by crucifixion.
THE GOSPEL IS OF VERY SPECIAL INTEREST TO THE ALIEN AS IT REVEALS GOD’S COSTLY PLAN FOR REDEMPTION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
But, it is the alien who carried the burden of the cross as Jesus slowly moved to reach His earthly destination. Jesus was spared from the burden of carrying the cross on the day of crucifixion.
The Gospel of Luke 23:26, Matthew 27:31, and Mark 15:21 is of very special interest to the alien carrying the burden of the cross. The Gospel reveals God’s costly plan for redemption through crucifixion and the plan shifts the burden of cross from Jesus to the alien. The word redemption means to release, or freedom from payment of a price and the man’s freedom or deliverance, or liberation involving the greatest possible depth of suffering. The price paying concept lies at the heart of redemption and hence it is a costly action. A ransom-price is paid by Jesus and yet the alien is not set free from the burden of the cross. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Gospel According to Saint Mark, Chapter 10, verse#45) The emphasis is on the giving of Life as a ransom. It is a completed act for Jesus who paid the ransom-price. Jesus performed this action with Whole Patience. It is immaterial as to whom Christ paid this price. For the alien, the only concern is to experience the results of this full redemption by receiving God’s grace and mercy through Christ and His Love. Jesus had gone through the whole of human experience including the worst horrors of pain and humiliation and it is unfair to leave the alien with the never ending burden.
Today, the alien is still carrying the burden of the cross while he slowly inches towards his final, earthly destination. The alien has no choice other than that of learning the art of Whole Patience. I am alien for I have not yet entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
WHOLE CHRIST–WHOLE LOVE–WHOLE REDEEMER:
Endurance is the ability to stand pain, distress, and fatigue; it is the ability to resist and withstand suffering and hardship with fortitude and patience.
THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF JESUS IS A LESSON TO THE ALIEN, A TEACHING TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE QUALITIES OF PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE. ROMAN GOVERNOR PONTIUS PILATE THOROUGHLY SCOURGED JESUS AND ASKED PEOPLE IF HE NEEDS TO PUNISH MORE.
Endurance speaks of the ability to hold up under pain, to tolerate, to put up with, to bear pain without flinching. It is the Will, ability, quality, or fact of waiting without complaint. It demands steadiness, perseverance, self-control, resoluteness in the face of grave provocation. This ability to bear suffering results from firm sustained courage and it is a mistake to interpret endurance as cowardice. Jesus remained calm and unperturbed while people angrily shouted demanding his crucifixion.
The alien walking behind Jesus carrying the cross knows the Son of Man as a picture of stoicism displaying grit, and courage that refuses to succumb under any circumstances, a courage that involves utmost indifference to personal pain and suffering.
“THEN SOME BEGAN TO SPIT AT HIM, THEY BLINDFOLDED HIM, STUCK HIM WITH THEIR FISTS, AND SAID, ‘PROPHESY!’ AND THE GUARDS TOOK HIM AND BEAT HIM .” GOSPEL OF MARK, CHAPTER 14, VERSE#65.
TO WHICH LAND AND TO WHICH KINGDOM DOES THE ALIEN CARRYING THE CROSS TRULY BELONGS? WHO WILL SHARE THE PROPHESY?
THE SON OF MAN IS CRUCIFIED AND IT ONLY SPEAKS ABOUT HIS WILL TO REFRAIN FROM RETALIATION, AND FORBEARANCE. PEOPLE TAUNTED JESUS TO SAVE HIS OWN LIFE AND TO COME DOWN. THE ALIEN WITH THE NEVER ENDING BURDEN OF CROSS CHOOSES FORTITUDE EVEN IF IT IS TO BE MISTAKEN OR MISINTERPRETED AS WEAKNESS.
THE ROMAN GOVERNOR PONTIUS PILATE OR HIS SOLDIERS POSTED A WRITTEN NOTICE ABOVE THE CROSS ON WHICH JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED. THE NEVER ENDING BURDEN OF THE CROSS CARRIED BY THE ALIEN BEARS NO SUPERSCRIPTION.
Before marching to the place of crucifixion, Jesus was repeatedly taunted, mocked, and ridiculed by people, by criminals, by officials, by soldiers, by the high priest, King Herod, and Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. The ultimate act of indignity was that of calling Him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS” showing utter contempt for His failure to save His own life and get away from the Cross on which He was nailed. The alien without getting nailed is still carrying the burden of the cross enduring the ridicule, taunts, mockery, indignity, and utter contempt.
JESUS DID NOT EXPRESS ANY THOUGHTS OR FEELINGS OF SELF-PITY AFTER GETTING NAILED TO THE CROSS. JESUS SAID, “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.”(THE GOSPEL OF ST LUKE, CHAPTER 23, VERSE#34). THE NEVER ENDING BURDEN OF CARRYING THE CROSS IS NOT YET FORGIVEN.
Jesus did not rebuke the people who offended and punished Him. Jesus did not express any desire to retaliate against them and did not express any thoughts or feelings of Self-Pity. Jesus after His crucifixion said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”( The Gospel According to Saint Luke, Chapter 23, verse#34)
ECCE HOMO – “BEHOLD THE MAN”
I am sharing a collection of images that depict Jesus when the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate presented Him to a mob of people who gathered outside the palace shouting to crucify Jesus. This alien has no access to care or comfort while he faces the difficult problems of his simple, mortal existence. The never ending burden to carry the Cross compels the alien to reflect on the proverb that instructs the man to endure problems that cannot be cured.
IF PROBLEMS HAVE NO ANSWERS, IF PAIN AND SUFFERING CANNOT BE CURED, THE MAN TO KEEP HIS EXISTENCE HAS TO LEARN THE ART OF PATIENCE.