Friday - April 15
IT IS FINISHED
Today we read the events of our Savior’s death. A gruesome text that leaves our souls feeling heavy as we process it. We’ve taken note of the many wonderful characteristics of Jesus throughout this week, but today we gain a deeper sense of reverence for who our God is. He is the very picture of humility. He is steady, unshaken from His life’s purpose to bring redemption to His people. He is loving. He is merciful. This is the God we worship and adore. After the last supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He knew what was coming and felt the burden of its weight, but still did not waver. Jesus, fully God and fully man, had perfect knowledge of what had to occur for His people to be restored to Him. So, He willingly drank from the cup and bore our sin on our behalf. Jesus’ last breath was given for our sake.
Take a moment and imagine yourself as Simon, the man that assisted Jesus in carrying the cross. You are simply passing through and you see Jesus. He’s so beaten and wounded that He is almost unrecognizable as a man. At most, you can make out His eyes which look weary. Eyes that speak of great sorrow and heartbreak over the sin of man that brought Him to this place. Eyes that look at you and know you to your depths without even an introduction. You move toward him as you motion to carry the cross and you notice in greater detail the wounds he wears. An estimated 200 pounds put on you and as you walk with Him, you wonder what it must be like to be in His position. Though you see it, you can barely imagine the price He has paid and will continue to pay as He will hang. Jesus, exhausted, breathes heavily beside you as you make your way to Calvary’s hill. Spend today pondering this cost.
Speak with God throughout your day with a spirit of humble gratitude knowing He took your place.