“He Himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” I Peter 2:24
“I’ll never know how much it cost, to see my sin upon that cross.” Chris Tomlin. Yesterday my pastor shared a story about the moment he had recently with his young son. They were discussing basic apologetics: “Where did God come from?” “How do we know there is a God? “Where is Heaven?” During the discussion his son asked about the Shroud of Turin. While talking about it and pointing out its intricacies, Pastor said he began sobbing or, in his words, he “lost it.” Whether you believe the shroud is or is not the burial cloth of Jesus, the horror it depicts is real, isn’t it?
I must confess that I am not a “fan” of watching brutal re-inactions of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. I accept that they have their place. However, just closing my eyes or listening to lyrics like those of Chris Tomlin above or “Crucified, laid behind the stone. You lived to die, rejected and alone. Like a rose, trampled on the ground, You took the fall and thought of me, above all” by Michael W. Smith; my mind can be transported to the depths of love God showed in calling HIS ONLY SON to suffer humiliation, betrayal, unimaginable pain and ultimate death for us… you & me!
Today I just want to use my time to worship God; the Father, Son and Spirit for the perfect plan of salvation. Why they love us so; I will never understand but I am grateful; so very grateful!!
In the words of Juanita Bynum…
I’m forever grateful, Lord, to You.
And I’m forever grateful for the cross.
And I’m forever grateful to You,
That You came to seek and save the lost.
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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