Enough is enough: More than enough

Matthew 20_17-19

From the Gospel of Matthew with its focus on Jesus Christ as the King comes a passage in which the Lord tells the Twelve of events that will transpire in the days ahead:

Matthew 20:17-19 (NLT):

[Jesus Again Predicts His Death] As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

The Verse of the Day for April 2, 2017 begins with conjunction “and,” the most frequently used word in the King James Version of the Bible, being used 28,364 times.  The figure of speech known as polysyndeton involves using “many ands” where emphasis is placed on each item listed in any series connected by the conjunction. Here “and” is used nine times in the three verses where Jesus prepares his disciples for the forthcoming events which are utterly unthinkable in their minds.

The passage is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside along the way and said to them,

18 Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes; and they will sentence Him to death

19 And deliver Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and whipped and crucified, and He will be raised [to life] on the third day.

In reflecting upon the horrific circumstances leading up the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ and his subsequent resurrection, we attempt to comprehend to a limited degree the unimaginable anguish and suffering that the Savior took upon himself on our behalf. The scriptures speak of “Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . . . who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. . . .” As we read about or view in a film or some other graphic portrayal of his Passion during this season of the year, we are sometimes tempted to scream, “Enough is enough.” Such sentiments express the intensity of the suffering the Savior willingly endured:

More than Enough

How much is enough?

Can you measure the length of each scar on his back?

Can you trace the depth of each gash and follow each track?

Can you extract and analyze sweat, like drops of blood?

Can you remove water and blood and then weigh the good?

Can you collect the tears and hold them in a vial?

Can you assess the shame and disgrace of trumped up trial?

How much is enough?

One more mocking bow, one more man to spit in his face,

One more taunting gesture, one more mark of disgrace.

One more lash, one more gash, one more blow to the head,

As he endured the cross, despising the shame as he bled.

To smash once more, one blow short of certain death.

He cried, “It is finished” then yielded his last breath.

How much is enough?

Who can assess the worth of his blood and establish a price

For the precious Lamb of God, unblemished, sinless sacrifice?

God’s bounty of mercy is sufficient. His deep love will suffice.

Despite the deficit, God balances each account to set it right.

Where sin once had free reign, now grace has abounded instead.

The Lord himself provided the Lamb, whom He raised from the dead.

In His gracious goodness Jehovah-Jireh reminds us

That He is more than enough, yes, so much more than enough.

Listen to this corresponding musical composition, “More than Enough” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:

Despite the devastating circumstances that will occur, the Lord proclaims a triumphant conclusion with “and the third day he shall rise again.” We take great comfort in knowing that God, our gracious Father, always has the last say so. . . Amen          !

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