"It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified Him.... When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? ... Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, 'Truly this man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15:25-39)
In that moment of Your death upon the cross, all our sins of all our generations were laid upon You. In the mystery of faith and the power of love, as the spotless and holy Lamb of God, without sin or blemish, You became our Sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. "For our sake (the Father) made (the Son) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). "He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounds (we) have been healed" (1 Peter 2:24).
In that moment when You became sin for us, You were forsaken so that we could be forgiven. You were our Sacrifice so that we could be accepted. You poured out Your blood to accomplish what our sinful lives or even our most righteous acts never could. "For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross. And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him - " (Colossians 1:19-22).
At that moment, the veil of the earthly temple was torn asunder, as You bore our sins upon Your earthly body. And at that moment, in Your perfect Spirit You entered into the Holy of Holies of the heavenly temple to dash Your perfect blood upon the eternal alter of God: "He entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!" (Hebrews 9:12-14). "For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but He entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of God on our behalf" (Hebrews 9:24).
Words cannot say how thankful I am for Your great sacrifice of love for me. The honest truth is that I don't fully grasp - and perhaps never will, even if I ponder the mystery of the cross for all eternity with You - the depths of Your love and the cost of Your sacrifice, as You felt forsaken by the Father in that moment of sacrifice for our sins. But I know enough, by the grace of Your Spirit, to embrace the grace of Your indescribable gift of eternally self-sacrificing love on that cross. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Dear friend, on this day we remember the day our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified to death on the cross to pour out His blood for us, I pray you will know in a deeper way than ever before how much God loves you. Let's pray for one another to live a life by the power of the grace of God that honors His name and His sacrifice for us. God bless you!
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destiny in Christ!Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries
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