…Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

It is so hard to look into the crucifixion and see the pure love of God that has sacrificed His life for me. So difficult to see and still so necessary.

I must look to confront the sin and hatred of my own soul that condemned Him there: admitting my own inability to save myself and relinquishing the pride of self-righteousness that thinks I’m not a party to His suffering, or that I am not in need of what His suffering did to free me.

But If I look deeply I will see His wiling sacrifice, His choice to love me fully without restraint, transparent and vulnerable in His love for me, fully yielded to the love of the Father. The Father’s love for us is realized through Jesus’ sacrifice for sin and His conquering of the punishment of death.

I must look upon Him, to see how He took my shame by Himself being shamed, to know that He completely received me in the midst of His rejection.

He received the unjust beating and did not turn back to revile those who beat Him. He knew ahead of time the betrayal of the ones closest to His heart and still, He loved them. He experienced pre-meditated murder by those who masqueraded as the keepers of truth and justice although they could not admit their own blind ambitions, even when standing before God himself.

Substitution & Propitiation



Misunderstood, rejected, reviled, unjustly beaten, hated, shamed, dishonored, disrobed, abused, spat upon, mocked…for me…as me.

His body beaten, opened and bleeding, His flesh pulled from His bones, His nerves screaming, His pain excruciating…for me.

His voice speaking…for me;  “Father forgive them…”

His voice prophesying in the new age – at the cross – “Kalla!” – “It is finished!” – “Bride!”

New life cannot come without us journey through the cross. There are many things in our flesh that must die. We too must enter into this death so that all the things working death in us may be crucified in Him.

There is not one hateful thing that Jesus endured at the cross that He did not conquer through love.

He remained unmoved in His heart and purpose to love all of us regardless of the depth of our depravity, sin, hate, and rebellion. He did not waver in the deepest pain – He thought of us – He remained faithful despite His suffering.

Jesus knew that His mission was accomplished…” – John 19:28

Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.