Israel Up Close: Part 1
by Cynthia L. Simmons
In my childhood church hung an image of three crosses sitting on a distant hill with the sun going down in the background. Nothing disturbing.
However, I have just visited Jerusalem, and I saw the huge rock they believe to be Golgotha. This rugged stone formation sat just outside the city gates along a major road that ran into the city. The Romans crucified the condemned alongside a busy thoroughfare, low to the ground, so you could see their faces and observe their nudity and suffering. In the case of Jesus, those who passed by could read the sign above His head that proclaimed Him to be King of the Jews. The Bible mentions those who passed by wagging their head and hurling insults.
“He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.”
I stood before Calvary, horrified by the prospect of the public humiliation Jesus suffered. Upsetting and brutal. That day the love of God became real, tangible and precious. He suffered and died so He could forgive me.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Cynthia L. Simmons is the mother of five, award winning author, and past president of Christian Authors Guild. She hosts Heart of the Matter Radio each week, offering women the elegance of God’s wisdom. She conducts writing workshops, has directed writing conferences, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. A retired RN, and a lover of history, she combines history and Scripture to minister to women of all ages, but has a special place in her heart for homeschool mothers and young mothers. She is also a member of AWSA and a frequent speaker at events nationwide.