PAUSE, WATCH, LISTEN & PRAY
In a recent post, we saw that Jesus’ last words “It is finished” could mean many things. One of which being that it could mean that God’s wrath on sinners is completely and eternally satisfied. What an incredible gift that we have been given! The thought that Jesus would die for me while I was still actively sinning against Him (Romans 5:8) is hard for me to wrap my head around. Have you considered the incredible amount of love required to do what Christ did? This is a love that would will a man to take a beating from the Roman guards, carry a cross up a hill to his own death, die naked and ashamed, abandoned and knowing that His relationship with His Father would be severed in the final moments of his life. This was all for the sake of a group of people who currently hated Him and wanted nothing to do with Him. I know that that last sentence was heavy, but let’s be real - the gospel is heavy. It’s important that we don’t ignore the suffering that Jesus went through while on the cross because it is that suffering that He went through that also shows us the intense love that Jesus had and has for us.
So, as Good Friday approaches and you remember Jesus’ suffering, don’t ignore it. Instead, take time and consider the pain He went through. Allow that pain to remind you that there was nothing too difficult, and there was no amount of pain that He wouldn’t go through in order to save you, even when you were actively sinning against Him.
-- Collin Brewster