Excruciating (Acts 5:41)

There is a word that has become common in the english language-excruciating. It means agonizing or severe pain, to cause intense suffering, or unbearably distressing. It is a colorful word and one that certainly adds an erudite air to any writing or speech. The origins of the word, however, are dark and somber. It is derived from crucifix and emblematic of the pain and suffering of a crucifixion.

Although there is nothing wrong to use this word in everyday language, I am definitely uncomfortable applying it to myself, no matter the travails or hardships I may be undergoing. The Romans crucified many people, but only Jesus Christ, paid the ultimate sacrifice by being crucified and dying on the Cross for my sins. Nothing that I have or ever will experience will even begin to approach the same level of pain or anguish that He experienced. It is enough to know that if I do suffer for my faith, I share it out of gratitude for what Jesus Christ has done for me.

So they went away from the Sanhedrin, happy to undergo shame for the Name.
Acts 5:41

The early disciples rejoiced in any suffering or punishment they encountered for their faith and belief in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Christian tradition states that the Apostle Peter asked to be crucified upside down because he felt he was not worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.

We need to approach Jesus Christ with the same respect, ever mindful of His sacrifice for all of mankind. We thank Him but confessing our sins, repenting, and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.