Written By: Lynette Alchin


Recently my thoughts have been very much on the Easter Season which we have just come through.  Somehow, it has stayed with me and I have been musing much on the blessed event.

A few nights ago, I was listening to a teaching on the Crucifixion and I was transported into a spiritual dimension I have seldom, if ever, experienced in my years of walking with the Lord.  It was glorious, awesome.  I felt somewhat like the Apostle Paul (see 2 Cor.12:1-3).

I found myself at the foot of the Cross….but, I didn’t see a Man!  All I saw was LOVE personified…such love, such wondrous love!  I edged closer and as I continued looking, I didn’t see the cruel stripes and bleeding wounds.  All I saw was COMPASSION pouring down.  I didn’t see the bruises and torn flesh.  All I saw was MERCY & GRACE.  The hands, so cruelly pierced with Roman spikes….I didn’t see that.  All I saw were hands that broke bread to feed the hungry, hands that healed the lepers, touched the blind, the deaf, the maimed; hands that blessed the little ones and that raised the widow of Nain’s son from  his bier.  Oh! Those beautiful hands.

I dared to walk a little closer, past the railing, taunting crowds.  I didn’t notice the rocky path or the dust.  I just saw the beautiful feet of SERVICE to mankind.

The closer I got, walking timidly, step by step, a strong sweet aroma of flowers and the perfume of holy anointing oil and sweet incense enveloped me. I never knew that LOVE had such a beautiful aroma.  Did you?  I never knew that COMPASSION, MERCY, GRACE & SERVICE could smell so sweet!  It was as if I was walking through a beautiful garden with my favourite flowers around me….roses, lily-of-the-valley, the fragile and dainty sweet-pea among others. 

I was enthralled.  I couldn’t look away.  I was enraptured by the presence of LOVE!  O beloved: I can never see the crucifixion the same way again.  I wish you could have been there with me.  What love, what beauty.  Now I understand more clearly the scripture…..

Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…(Heb.12:2).

God’s richest blessings and His eternal presence be with you all.

Lynette Alchin

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