It saddens my heart to see people punishing, particularly, crucifying themselves during Holy Week.
It's their choice. The reason for doing so is because they think that they still need to do it in order for them to be forgiven from their sins.They also think that they still need to do something for them to be accepted by the Lord.
As i watched "Passion of the Christ" on dvd this morning, it points me again to what Jesus has accomplished on the cross for our sins.
The lashes that the Lord received were enough...the pain that he felt when the soldiers were hammering those big nails in his hands and feet that passed through his flesh,carpals (bones of the wrist), metatarsals (bones of the feet) and nerves...the pain that he went through when that thorny crown was put on his head...the blood that was shed when he received those lashes and when he was crucified was enough to pay the price for our salvation.
We don't need to punish our bodies anymore.God is not pleased with that.
If you're thinking that you still need to punish yourself,walk through the altar using your knees, punish yourself or even try to crucify yourself just like what other people are doing in order to be accepted by the Lord and receive God's salvation, its about time to realize that you don't need to.
The Bible says ,"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8 NIV).
What Jesus has accomplished on the cross was enough.
Tetelestai ! (Tetelestai is the greek word for "It is finished").
All we have to do is ask Jesus' forgiveness from all our sins and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior and spend time with Him in prayer,read his word and attend worship service.
Jesus loves us so much.
As you celebrate this Holy Week, dont forget to thank Jesus for what he has done for you on the cross and spread the word, Tetelestai !