I help lead a bible study every Tuesday night for men titled MENded, and during this Lenten journey to the cross, Jonathan, Evan, and I decided to talk about suffering. We were able to walk through some of the times that Jesus suffered here on Earth. As fully human, he did suffer in many ways. He suffered through temptation against the devil in the wilderness after he was baptized. He suffered emotionally after the death of his good friend Lazarus, as the bible tells us, “Jesus wept.” He suffered in the garden of Gethsemane while he prayed that the cup be taken away from him, so he did not have to drink it. He suffered so greatly that he began to sweat his own blood. But as he accepted the fate of his death, he suffered the most on that Good Friday. He suffered physically as the soldiers and people hit him, beat him, spit on him, scorged him, whipped him, put nails through his feet and hands, and watched him die the most painful death anyone could ever endure. He suffered emotionally as the people that he created and loved turned to their Maker and didn’t want him around anymore as they shouted, “Crucify him!” What is the most amazing thing about all of this is that our Creator did all of this for us! He suffered at the hands of sinful men to bring us back to him, back to redemption. This is true love, and he asks us to show the same kind of love. What an amazing gift we are able to celebrate!