Death of Jesus
NOTE: How we approach scripture is important. I was so frustrated with this chapter when I first read it. I have heard it read more times than I can count in church and I remember thinking, ‘no revelation… of course, I know all there is to this’. Boy was I wrong. The Holy Spirit challenged me big time on how I approach the word of God. May I never again approach it with human familiarity. Once my heart changed and I read it again the Holy Spirit revealed new revelations to me in beautiful ways.
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. – Luke 23:44-46
The She Reads Truth in-text devotionals (in my bible) talk about the importance of us refusing to look away in this chapter. This can be hard as we think we either are too familiar or skim over the parts that are too gruesome for us.
“As Christ followers we need to circle up at the base of the cross often” – She Reads Truth
We need to remember the price that was paid. Jesus paid in full debt the sin we owed, it was finished, the eternal purpose of the cross. The veil was torn and we now have free access to grace by the cross. May we always remember the price paid.
“…God’s grace and forgiveness, while free to the recipient, are always costly for the giver…” – Timothy Keller
As a Christian I need to come to this chapter often, I need to come to the foot of the cross often. It’s important I remember what was done for me. If I simply gloss over what Jesus endured then I miss something huge; that there was no cost He was unwilling to pay to rescue me.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17
Through Jesus death on the cross, the veil was torn and we now have free access to grace by the cross. So let’s never forget the cost; the price we could not pay. The price that means we now get to spend eternity with our creator.
Jesus, teach me not to look away, but to recognise what you did for me, so that I can spend eternity with you.