So sorry I didn’t have this posted yesterday, but I figured I had put off doing our taxes long enough, and should probably get them done.
This week we are studying on why the crucifixion matters. When you think about Christ dying on the cross, what do you feel?
Today’s verses are Isaiah 53:4-6 (TLB):
“Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins! But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us!”
When I really sit and think about this, it’s heartbreaking. Christ didn’t hang on that cross, broken, bleeding and bruised for anything that He did. He did it for us … for our sin. Who, but God, could ever take on the guilt and ugliness of another person, to save them from death?
I wonder how many of us would have gone through such brutal punishment for something that we didn’t even do? I am guessing that not one of us would have done it. I know we would like to think that we would, but I don’t believe we ever would have had the courage to do it. The compassion. The love.
The next time you see a photo of Christ on the cross, or hear a sermon or conversation talking about it, I encourage you to dig deep inside yourself and remember that it is not just a picture or a story. It’s real. His pain was real. His love is real. He suffered for you and He suffered for me. Let’s always remember to honor that.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13 (NASB)