40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 39 – Passion Week


44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.  47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 4 8 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.  49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. (Luke 23:44 – 49)

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 53:5)


We arrive at a pivotal moment in the Christian calendar – Good Friday.  Leading up to His death, Jesus was betrayed and denied by those closest to Him. He was falsely accused and improperly convicted. He was physically abused in horrendous fashion and mocked and ridiculed without justification. The catalog of atrocities is horrific but the truth is all that has been said so far could possibly be said of other human beings.

With Jesus though, there are unique and vital distinctions. He alone bore the sins of the entire world and lived and died as the only perfect human being.  In Christ, God became flesh and suffered and died because He loves us.  For “by His wounds we are healed” – Hallelujah!

Please prayerfully reflect on the Bible passages above.


Something to think about:

What is your declaration of praise as you reflect on the price Jesus paid for your salvation?

8 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 39 – Passion Week

  1. In Christ alone my hope is found
    He is my light, my strength, my song
    This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
    Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
    What heights of love, what depths of peace
    When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
    My Comforter, my All in All
    Here in the love of Christ I stand

    In Christ alone! Who took on flesh
    Fullness of God in helpless babe
    This gift of love and righteousness
    Scorned by the ones He came to save
    Till 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

    There in the ground His body lay
    Light of the world by darkness slain
    Then bursting forth in glorious Day
    Up from the grave He rose again
    And as He stands in victory
    Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
    For I am His and He is mine
    Bought with the precious blood of Christ

    No guilt in life, no fear in death
    This is the power of Christ in me
    From life’s first cry to final breath
    Jesus commands my destiny
    No power of hell, no scheme of man
    Can ever pluck me from His hand
    Till He returns or calls me home
    Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

  2. My declaration of praise is “THANK YOU!” I am overwhelmed by Jesus’ love for me, for us. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us and conquered death, hell and the grave. Raising in glorious splendor.

  3. Jesus paid it all. An act that can never be replicated.

  4. Psalm 86: 12 & 13 tells it for me: ( I need to do this everyday & in all situations.)
    12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
    13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

  5. Jesus didn’t have to go the cross. In Matthews 26:53 he asks a disciple, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

    He chose the path of the cross because of love. I am compelled to love him and I praise him for His act of sacrifice on my behalf.

  6. No words can I say that can describe how I feel for his sacrifice .

  7. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia for the Lord God Almighty reigns! Had it not been for the place called Mt. Calvary, had it not been for the old rugged cross, had it not been for the Man called Jesus, then forever my soul would be lost. Thank you, Lord! Jesus saves! I am redeemed, bought with a price. Jesus has changed my whole life. If anybody asks you just who I am, tell them that I am redeemed!!

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