“On the cross of Calvary, Jesus died for you and me;
There He shed His precious blood, that from sin we might be free.
O the cleansing stream does flow, and it washes white as snow!
It was for me that Jesus died, on the cross of Calvary.”
One of the criminals who hung next to Jesus spewed insults at him: “Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” This criminal only wanted to escape his own agony. He had no desire to know Jesus as His Savior and Lord. He had no desire to repent of his sins. The other criminal came to himself and believed on Jesus, even though he too, had mocked Jesus earlier. Now he rebukes the other criminal and made a request of Jesus. He said, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42). Jesus replied by offering him hope for the future: "I tell you the truth today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). Let us embrace a kingdom perspective when we too are suffering. Let us realize that Jesus is our only hope—The very hope that is anchored beyond the veil, even in Christ Jesus, who secures all things. Let us encourage others with this very hope that Jesus affords us, especially in the tough seasons of life.
A Word of Reunion
When our work on earth is done, we must go home! Jesus after completing His work, looked forward to fully reunite with His Father. Work while it is day, for the night will come when no man can work. Work while you have an opportunity because the days are coming when all opportunity will cease. Look for opportunities to serve the Lord as you serve His people. Whatever you do to the least of these, you have done unto Me. Jesus endured all things and fulfilled all things. The Cross stands as the emblem of our salvation. Jesus was victorious over the cross and the grave and has ascended into heaven, sitting at the Right Hand of the Father, from there He will come again to receive us unto Himself, that where He is, there we will be also. And after crying out again with a loud voice, Jesus yielded up His spirit.”
On Good Friday, Jesus did something good for us. He did what we would never be able to do. He took upon Himself the fullness of sin so that we can have life. The Apostle Paul says that Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world, who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. In other words, He took what we had (SIN) and gave us what He had (LIFE).
As you reflect on these last seven Words of our Lord and Savior on the cross, I pray that you will be drawn closer to Him and receive a personal revelation of His love for you—AGAPE—that unconditional love that loves us when we cannot love ourselves and others.
It was not the nails that held Him on the cross, but AGAPE—Unconditional love. He had you in mind as He suffered the agonizing death. That is why He stayed on the cross. He did not come down from the cross to save Himself. He decided to stay on the cross, just to save you and me. May the Passion of the Christ, cause you to grow with a passion for more of Him.
IT IS FRIDAY… BUT SUNDAY IS COMING!
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