He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24 NRSV)
A TV news anchorwoman in Houston, TX named Sydney Seaward a few years ago performed a courageous act. Near the conclusion of a special report on breast cancer treatment that aired repeatedly, Seaward removed her ash blond wig before the camera, revealing her own hair loss from chemotherapy. By doffing the wig she has worn during broadcasts of the all-news station, Seaward hoped to raise public awareness about cancer and its treatment. "My goal is to demystify cancer and chemotherapy and to show that treatment is nothing to be afraid of, said Seaward. By identifying herself with other victims of this frightening disease, Sydney Seaward was seeking to reach out her hand to them--to show that someone understands.

When Christ bore the cross of Calvary, he identified with our situation. He endured the crises that we endure--rejection, suffering, betrayal. He walked where we walk; hurt where we hurt.

God of peace, thank you for sending Jesus to show me and the world how much you understand our situation. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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