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The Sufferings of Christ

by J.C. Ryle

But we must not be content with a vague general belief that Christ’s sufferings were vicarious. We are intended to see the truth in every part of his passion. We may follow him all through, from the bar of Pilate to the minute of his death, and see him at every step as our substitute, our head, out surety, our proxy – the divine friend who undertook to stand in our place and, by the priceless merit of his sufferings, to purchase our redemption.

Was he flogged? It was done so that “by his wounds we are healed” (Is. 53:5).

Was he condemned, though innocent? It was done so that we might be acquitted, though guilty.

Did he wear a crown of thorns? It was done so that we might wear the crown of glory.

Was he stripped of his clothes? It was done so that we might be clothed in everlasting righteousness.

Was he mocked and reviled? It was done so that we might be honored and blessed.

Was he reckoned a criminal, and counted among those who have done wrong? It was done so that we might be reckoned innocent, and declared free from all sin.

Was he declared unable to save himself? It was so that he might be a able to save others to the uttermost.

Did he die at last, and that the most painful and disgraceful death? It was done so that we might live forevermore, and be exalted to the highest glory.

Let us ponder these things well: they are worth remembering. The very key to peace is a right apprehension of the vicarious sufferings of Christ.

And let us learn from the story of the passion always to hate sin with a great hatred. Sin was the cause of all our Savior’s sufferings. Our sins twisted the crown of thorns; our sins drove the nails into his hands and feet; on account of our sins his blood was shed. Surely the thought of Christ crucified should make us loathe all sin. As the church of England Homily of Passion says so well: “Let this image of Christ crucified be always printed in our hearts. Let it stir us up to the hatred of sin, and provoke our minds to the earnest love of Almighty God.”

Excerpted from Matthew (Expository Thoughts on the Gospels) by J.C. Ryle

What Have We Done

What Have We Done by Joe Day

Oh my soul, oh my Jesus
Judas sold you for 30, Iʼd have done it for less
Oh my soul, oh my Savior
Peter denied you 3 times, I have denied you more

As the nails when in, I was standing right there
As you breathed your last, I shook my head and I cried

Oh my God what have we done
We have destroyed your son
Oh my God what have we done
We have destroyed your son

And the blood ran down, I was standing right there
And the water poured, I shook my head and I cried

Lunch and Afternoon Snack

Met my friend, Sherry, at Corina Bakery this afternoon. I created a website for her several years ago and now it’s time for an update. We had so much fun catching up. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been friends for about 5 years now. Wow. Sherry is a beautiful and inspiring woman. She spends her time at Catherine Place, here in Tacoma and recently moved near Wright Park. The view from her cozy home is spectacular.


Does anyone out there listen to the radio?

Ryan and I have been listening and sometimes rocking out to KING FM (you can listen online!) – the classical music station in the Seattle/Tacoma area. We love it. Neither of us grew up exposed to classical music, so we are slowly learning to recognize different styles and composers. Ryan is really liking Chopin… and we both have been loving Bach’s sacred music with Latin lyrics.

We also love The Score with Edmund Stone on Sunday afternoons. The program highlights a film composer and plays a few tracks from their different scores. When I started dating Ryan, he had several music soundtracks on his iPod and it piqued my interest. Since then our soundtrack collection has expanded. Here are some of the artists in our playlist..

Who are your favorites?

  • Forrest Gump – Alan Silvestri
  • The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
  • Changeling – Clint Eastwood
  • Gladiator/The Holiday/Inception – Hans Zimmer
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • Dances with Wolves – John Barry
  • The Stoning of Soraya M. – John Debney
  • E.T./Jurassic Park/Star Wars – John Williams (The Theme from Jurassic Park is SO beautiful)
  • Gran Torino – Kyle Eastwood/Michael Stevens
  • The Tree of Life also features a large selection of classical music. A list can be found here: