Reading before church I came across a passage in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Discipleship that helped remind me the true price paid on the cross:
(84-85) Suffering and being rejected are not the same. Even in his suffering Jesus could have been the celebrated Christ. Indeed, the entire compassion and admiration of the world could focus on the suffering. Looked upon as something tragic, the suffering could in itself convey its own value, its own honor and dignity. But Jesus is the Christ who was rejected in his suffering. Rejection removed all dignity and honor from the suffering…Suffering and rejections express in summary form the cross of Jesus.
Praise God that we have a Master who understands the magnitude of our momentary suffering. Oh the lengths he went for the lawless. For you and for me!