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?
March 30, 2018 at 7:01 am
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
March 30, 2018 at 7:31 am
I enjoyed reading this. Reading instead of singing it draws attention to the words. Thanks
March 30, 2018 at 7:28 am
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.
March 30, 2018 at 8:20 am
Jesus paid it all. An act that can never be replicated.
March 30, 2018 at 8:17 pm
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.
March 30, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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.
March 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm
No words can I say that can describe how I feel for his sacrifice .
April 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm
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!!