The Last Plea

I read this incredible story behind the photograph that marked the end of a matador’s career. In the middle of the fight, this man collapsed in remorse when the beast refused to fight even when touted. Grievously wounded, the bull did not attack the man, but seemingly pleading with the man.

Unfortunately, to my disgust and sadness, it was a hoax. It was merely part of the show. Sitting on the curb around the ring after the sword has been placed in the bull is a known desplante, or act of defiance; within the part-scripted, part-improvised spectacle that is the corrida de toros. In this case, whatever the corrida was, it was certainly not of remorse.


However, this picture moved me. It reminds me of another, Who (depicted as an Ox in the gospel of Mark and as the Red Heifer) was fatally pierced, but yet still pleading; pleading on our behalf. With a blood-drenched body, tortured and torn beyond recognition, He endured it all on the cross for you and me; and yet pleading for us to open our hearts to Him.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

Jesus Christ bear all the sufferings for our sins. He sacrificed Himself to die for you and I.


Would you respond to His plea and believe in Him; accepting His redemption for you?


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