1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Today we pause to honor one of the most tragic days that our planet has ever seen. Sure, many were not killed as in events like 9/11, the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, World Wars, but the One whom was persecuted ~2000 plus years ago….that death was tragedy. But the wonderful news is that God can turn the world’s worst tragedy into real hope for you and me. The Romans thought they were wiping out the Way, the Light, the One, the Son, the King, the Messiah, and God’s kin on that very day. The day was brutal. This day was incomprehensible. Christ was on the cross asking His own Father…..why He had forsaken Him as He had. Jesus was enduring more in one day, than we will in our entirety of human existence. Because not only was Christ being beaten and not only was He killed, but Christ was innocent. Christ died for every sin that was ever committed before and after His death.
The story dosen’t end there, there is good news! Jesus rose 3 days later, on Easter. Jesus rolled the stone away and even today, the tomb is completely empty. When Christ died, he died for us and our sins. However, when He rose…Christ rose so that death could forever be defeated. So that if you and I choose, yes we have liberty, we can obtain eternal life for a payment that someone else made for us! Christ paid a price that you and I can never repay.
Dear Lord, we pause to thank You for dying on the cross for our sins. Thank You for taking our sin on yourself so that we may live eternally with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.