“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
And I believe him…..
The Samurai are famously known for their rites regarding death, their practices to remove their phobos as did their Greek counterparts called it. In fact, the Greek warriors used to call the human body “the factory of fear.” Not bad! They were very close. The problem is even with all the physical and mental training to “lose the fear of death,” in the end it wound up being in vain.
Because only the dead have no fear of death.
Sound about right?
Can you visualize the pain and anguish that Christ felt during the time that darkness continued, there hanging on the cross wrestling with the powers of darkness, and suffering his Father’s displeasure against the sin of man, for which he was now making his soul an offering. Never were there three such hours since the day God created man upon the earth, never such a dark and awful scene; it was the turning point of that great affair, man’s redemption and salvation. Jesus uttered a complaint from Ps 22:1. Hereby he teaches of what use the word of God is to direct us in prayer, and recommends the use of Scripture expressions in prayer.
Any man having witness this must have tasted some drops of bitterness, but we who read this can only form a very feeble idea of the greatness of Christ’s sufferings.
If we are fortunate, we learn something of the Savior’s love to sinners, maybe hence we gets a deeper conviction of the vileness and evil of sin, and of what we owe Christ, who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Can you imagine yourself in that position with your enemies wickedly ridiculed your complaint; the continual reproaches cast upon the word of God and the people of God; the very things you value most in your life.
Maybe that would be a stretch for most of us.
Christ, just before he expired, spoke fully, to show that his life was not forced from him, but was freely delivered into his Father’s hands. He had strength to bid defiance to the powers of death: and to show that by the eternal Spirit he offered himself, being the Priest as well as the Sacrifice, he cried with a loud voice. Then he yielded up the ghost. The Son of God upon the cross, did die by the violence of the pain he was put to. His soul was separated from his body, and so his body was left really and truly dead. It was certain that Christ did die, for it was needful that he should die. He had undertaken to make himself an offering for sin, and he did it when he willingly gave up his life. (Mt 27:51-56)