This devotional series will cover the days leading up to Easter Sunday. There will be scripture reading each day, along with a devotional, and a song to worship and reflect on as we remember the three most important days in history.
“This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save. ‘Til on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live.”
I’ve always found it strange that today is referred to as “Good Friday”, because regardless of the outcome, this day many years ago was the most sorrowful day in history that will ever exist. The fiercest Lion who ever walked on this earth in perfect bliss, showed nothing but grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness to every person He encountered. In return He was slain like a Lamb, betrayed to His death. The ones He came to save drove the nails through His hands.
The sins that you and I commit in our heart, outwardly, to our neighbor or to our loved ones drove each nail deeper and deeper into his body. Every sin we commit took away each breath moment by moment. Every drop of blood that poured from His body is on our hands. His cries of anguish and suffering is because of me, it is because of you, it is because of the sin that entered the world when Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree in the garden. It’s not a pretty picture to think about, but it is humbling. And friends I don’t know about you, but I need to be humbled by this picture. Not just today, but each and every day. Because this picture, this image, is the image of the most purest form of love and sacrifice we will ever experience. Oftentimes I find some sins become so habitual that I do not even acknowledge them anymore. To us they seem so small, like our grumblings or jealousy. But to God, all sins are equal and our jealous hearts created the crown of thorns just as much as the thieves at the right and left of the cross. There He hung in great suffering while His loved ones could do nothing but watch. I am convinced that the greatest pains in this life are the heartaches we suffer as we watch our loved ones suffer hopelessly. But God reminds us in 2 Corinthians 1:5 that as we share in Christ’s sufferings we also share in His comfort. I believe that this is the closest comprehension we will have on this side of Heaven of the sacrfice Jesus made for us.
Even in the midst of His anguish, Jesus, the perfect Lamb, extended His hand to the sinner on the cross next to Him, who sought His forgiveness. Jesus’ response, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” demonstrates the simplicity of His love for us. It shows grace, a level of pure grace that we as sinful human beings are incapable of in this life. Jesus paid a HUGE price for us on that day. He humbled Himself from the throne of His father’s right hand to embark on a journey leading to a torturous, agonizing death on a cross. All for the sake of the imperfect mankind to one day have the opportunity to dwell at the feet of the Lord in Paradise. The sacrifice of Jesus serves as a reminder that God will ask of His children many things, and sometimes they may seem scary. He may ask us to give up the things that we hold most dearly in order to follow His will. But, this is the perfect picture that God will never ask anything of us that will not ultimately lead to His glory. He asked His only son to suffer a long death on a cross to save us all, by the power of His Holy Name.
Jesus paid it ALL, and all to Him we owe. The Lamb has been slain, the light is now darkness, the grave is sealed shut, The Living Hope has become hopeless. But hold tight friends, Sunday is coming…
Today’s song of worship is Man of Sorrows by HILLSONG. The video portrays excerpts from the movie Passion of Christ. I encourage you to take time in a quiet place to listen deep to these words. Let them penetrate your heart of the accounts that happened on this day in history thousands of years ago.