The Humiliation of Christ – Tom’s Post # 3

Below is the third post by Tom Carpenter which I referenced in Why I started writing lyrics.” Tom would die 3 days later (First Post, Second Post).

I think you will find humor, yet be humbled by his words. May we never forget what Christ has done, and what He went through on our behalf in taking the punishment we deserve.

“For those of you who have ever been in a hospital for any extended period of time, you quickly learn that there is little opportunity for modesty.  I have not worn a diaper for a few decades, but, regrettably this has become part of my new normal routine, since my recent difficulties have overtaken me.  I have learned to get over whatever humiliation this has caused me, however, in pretty short order, present circumstances dictate, that this is my situation.  I hope this will soon change.  It’s funny, not really so funny, but I find myself asking God to just let me keep my diaper clean for a while.  Right now I am involved in the titanic struggle to ward off the bedsore.  If we try we can find some humor even in difficult times.

However, I am also reminded that our Lord and Savior, before He was ultimately crucified was afforded no dignity and was humiliated in all kinds of ways.  We all know the barbaric and inhumane acts that He was subjected to.  He was not even regarded as a human being.  He was stripped of everything.  He wasn’t even afforded the ability to cover Himself.  So whatever brief indignity I may be subject to, simply because I at the moment may not be able to take proper care of myself is of no consequence.

When Christ was pushed, pulled and dragged to that place of sacrifice He had no dignity, no earthly dignity, but He did have the dignity of His Father and the Holy Spirit and it was the supernatural dignity that covered Him and honored Him, even as He suffered and died naked on that horrific cross.

So whatever brief embarrassment or humility we may encounter in this life, is of not much consequence when we truly meditate on what Christ went through on our behalf.

May you all be richly blessed as I have been and continue to be.”

Tom Carpenter 1958-2010

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