Today’s the day. It’s the day Jesus gave his life for us. His soul purpose was to die for our sins. What emotion does that stir up in you? Jesus, the Son of God, our Savior, our Redeemer, and our King is nailed to the cross paying for our debts.
On Good Friday, Jesus is led to the cross. He then is nailed to it while a crowd of people watch him suffer. In Luke 23:36-37, the Bible says, “The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” Did Jesus save himself? He could have, but he didn’t because of his unfailing love for us. It’s hard to think of Jesus as a human being like ourselves. He was, in fact, human. He suffered the physical pain of being nailed up on wood. How humiliating it must have been to be taunted and teased while he was dying an excruciating death. He could have saved himself, but he didn’t.
Do you know what I find amazing in all of this? He’s dying to save the ones who killed him.
While Jesus was fighting for his last breaths, he said this to God, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Hold on a second. Did Jesus just beg for the ones who were killing him to be forgiven? The same ones who were taunting him and accusing him of being a criminal? How humble he is to spend his last words on the sinners of the earth. How filled with mercy and grace he is. Jesus, the King, saved each and every one of us.
I like to think of this instance as Jesus being a team player. He for sure took one for the team. All of the people on earth were filthy with sin, and he cleansed us all with his crucifixion. Do you think Jesus was ever scared? I’m sure he was a little frightened, after all he was going to die, but he knew all would be good in heaven. He put all of his trust in his Father up in heaven. When we are filled with fear, remember what Jesus did for us. All you have to do is trust in the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind.
What can we do on this day? I know I feel guilty. We shouldn’t feel guilt though. The Lord volunteered to do this because He loves us. Instead, let’s be grateful. Give thanks to Jesus for going through the pain of death to redeem us. Count your blessings today because all of us have many.
Lord, thank you for all you’ve blessed me with in this life. I know I often take the cross for granted, but it’s beyond the best gift I could ask for. Help me in times of fear to trust in You. Let me remember what Jesus did for me and know that You will take care of me. Amen.
Isaiah 53:4-11, John 19:16-37, John 3:16