Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last. –Luke 23:46 NLT
Every Good Friday we relive the Passion of Christ through the stories told in our homes and at church. The death and resurrection of Jesus carries many different feelings and emotions. Throughout the Easter season, we see the story in movies, discussed at Bible studies, and preached from the pulpit in church. The story of the crucifixion and the description of the pain and suffering can make us shutter.
Just thinking of the crown of thorns and the nails put into His hands and feet overwhelm us, but do we truly understand the deeper meaning of the Cross? It was a selfless act of mercy and grace. It paid a debt that we could not pay. There is nothing we can do to cover our sin nature. Jesus’ blood spilled at the Cross was the ultimate act of forgiveness. The crucifixion gives us hope for eternity.
When we look at the Cross, we see the agonizing, sorrowful pain our Lord went through, but we should also see love. We should know that no matter what we have done, God is saying, “I love you. I forgive you”; and because of the Cross, no one will ever snatch us out of His hands.
- Trust in the words from 1 John 5:11 (NIV), “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
- If you were the only person on earth, Jesus would still have gone to the Cross—because of His love for you!