You know. How us women bear a child for 9 months, going through many aches and soreness and inconvenient symptoms. Then we go through excruciating pain to bring this child into the world through hours of labor. And yet it's all in the name of love. We know there is something beautiful and amazing and wonderful and mysterious on the other side. The gift of having a child is so worth it. The pain lasts for only a season, but the benefits last a lifetime.
And yet I feel the same way about our Savior. He knew that He would endure pain for us, that He would suffer on this earth for a little while. But in the end He knew it would bring the ultimate gift- reconciliation between God and man. It was all worth it to Him. The scoffing, the torture, the sins of the world He would bear upon His shoulders.
It was all in the name of love.
The ultimate sacrifice.
(Photo from the Fond Du Lac Reporter online)