There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. Nothing can replace what He did for us on the cross. When He died for our sins, He gave us hope that we never thought was possible. Just take a minute and think of what Jesus did for you. Think about what it must have felt like when He was being nailed to the cross. What great suffering He went through for us. As He hung on that cross, He suffered more than we will ever know. Each drop of blood was for a ransom for our sins. Then when He cried out, because of the pains He was going through, it must have broke His Father’s heart to look away. While He was hanging on that cross, 2“Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Imagine the weight of our sins He had to bear for us. Every heartache, that comes from sin, He felt. He felt all the shame and guilt that accompanies sin. Because the Lord paid the ultimate price for our sins, we can be forgiven. His sacrifice was to bring us mercy. 1We can hope for a better day, when the blood of Jesus covers our sins. Each of us that confesses our sins to God, 4“we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
What an amazing love to have Jesus die for our sins on the cross. We are no longer condemned but alive in our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is able to blot 5“out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” No greater love than this. Jesus 6“bare our sins in his own body on the” cross. 6“That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.” When we confess our sins and become born again, there is no more condemnation. We are washed and 3“justified in the name of the Lord Jesus”. We are made holy in His presence. There was nothing we could ever do on our own to be right with God. Our faith in Jesus Christ was the necessary piece to the puzzle. When we submit our lives to Him, all things are possible. Even in our darkest moments, the Lord comes to our rescue. He takes us from a life filled with darkness and restores us into His light. Everyone that is brought into His matchless love, are so grateful to be rescued. If you have been born again into His light, give Him thanks. I give honor and praise to the Lord Jesus who gives me hope. I now have life more abundant. The Lord is my light. He is my strength. I am ever so grateful for His sacrifice for my sins. I am alive because of Jesus.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I can never tell you enough what You mean to me. Your sacrifice for my sins gives me hope. I know that You will forgive my sins for You carried them on the cross. I am grateful for Your mercy. Thank You for caring so deeply for my well-being. I was so lost but You still came for me. Nothing I ever did, was enough to have You stop caring for me. Thank You for pulling me out of darkness and into Your light. I could never do it on my own. Thank You for seeing my faith and helping me through it. I owe everything I am to You. You are the reason I have hope. I am so grateful for the cross. Thank You for Your sacrifice for mankind. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 32:1-5 (KJV)
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
2Matthew 27:33-50 (KJV)
33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there;
37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
31 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
4Ephesians 1:1-7 (KJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
5Colossians 2:13,14 (KJV)
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
61 Peter 2:21-25 (KJV)
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Artist: Gateway Worship (Featuring Kari Jobe)
Album: God Be Praised (2010
Song: O The Blood