Listen to this devotional:
John 19:17 – And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the centre. (NKJV)
Have you ever contemplated what Christ went through for us when He gave His life on the cross at Golgotha? I have — and when I do, it actually brings tears to my eyes to think that He died such a terrible death for my sins. As Good Friday and Easter approach, this comes to my mind more and more. The tears come to me as I visualize Him suffering by being mocked, beaten, and then nailed to the cross.
Then as a mother, I start to think how His mother Mary must have felt, and yet I cannot fathom ever having to experience such a feeling as that.
Yet He suffered gallantly, knowing full well that His purpose was to save us from our sins. As He cried out in His anguish, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46 NKJV), there was darkness over all the earth. He was subsequently buried; yet the tomb could not hold Him. By the mighty hand of God the Father, He was resurrected. The stone which covered the tomb was rolled away, and He rose from the dead. This did not take place to let our Lord out, but to let His followers in to see the empty tomb, so that they would know that He had indeed risen.
Mark 16:4 – But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away — for it was very large. (NKJV)
After forty days, the light of the world ascended into heaven, where He sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. By His death and victory over death, He paved the way for us to have eternal life through Him. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other road to the Father except through Christ. Let us not spurn this salvation.
Hebrews 2:3 – How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. (NKJV)
We have victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ. As Easter approaches once again, let us all be mindful of the victory in Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us, Your children, to be ever mindful of the price Jesus paid for our salvation, and that through Him, and only through Him, do we have the assurance of the victory won on the cross for our eternal life. Thank You for His victory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.