March 25

Read:  Mark 15:33-41

The anguish that Jesus went through on the cross was multi-faceted.  The physical pain and torture of Roman crucifixion was a brutal way to die physically.  The public humiliation and ridicule he went through would have been a trial emotionally.  The abandonment of His disciples would have been a blow relationally.  But at the moment of His death, Jesus cries out revealing the depth of His suffering SPIRITUALLY.  Jesus cried out to His Father God, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  This quotation from Psalm 22, demonstrated the full reality of Jesus death.  In judging sin on the cross (and in a mystery hard for us to understand) there was a separation in the fellowship of God the Father and God the Son as the full wrath of God for mankind’s sin was revealed.  Jesus real death paid the real penalty for our real sins.  The spiritual weight of that moment is hard for us to comprehend. 

Question of the Day:  Do you regularly remember that our sins have consequences?  Do you regularly remember that the “wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a)?”  Are you trusting in Jesus death on the cross to make the payment that your sins deserve?

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