Galations 3:13 - Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."
On a Friday night, almost two thousand years ago, the world sat in silence. The Prince of Heaven had been tortured and hung on a Roman Cross in wicked humiliation. Those who followed Him had denied Him and fled away in fear. The veil had been torn, the temple fractured and the tomb sealed. But why? Why did He have to do this? Why a Cross? Why the thorns?
2 Corinthians 5:21 - God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the Righteousness of God.
Jesus had to become something He was not, so that we could become something we were not. Being hung on a tree, Jesus suffered a horrendous and shameful death, one that left Him cursed by His Father in Heaven. On his head He wore a Crown of Thorns, a distasteful mockery by Roman soldiers, yet ironically it rightly distinguished Him as the King of Sinners. He suffered alone, separated from His Father in Heaven, and His disciples whom He loved dearly. He had the full power of Heaven at his becking call, yet He chose the nails. He bled and He wept, crying out prayers of forgiveness for those who mocked and murdered Him. He recited the Psalms as He neared his death and with His last gasp He spoke the word "Tetelestai!", the word stamped on Roman receipts and on freed prisoners papers. It means literally, "The debt has been paid in full".
Whatever you've done, wherever you've been, however separated you may feel from God, He is only a breath away. Our debts have been purchased with the priceless blood of a Holy Savior who chose to be pierced and nailed upon our cross. That's a God that I will serve. That's a God that I will live for. That is a God that I will die for.
"On My Cross", by FFH
Those were my nails
That was my crown
That pierced Your hands and Your brow
Those were my thorns
Those were my scorns
Those were my tears that fell down
And just as You said it would be
You did it all for me
After You counted the cost
You took my shame, my blame
On my cross
Today, spend some time alone with God just to tell Him, "Thank You". If you don't have a relationship with Him but you want to, it is not difficult. Go to a place where you can be alone and just speak to Him. He has been waiting for this time your entire life. For those of us who are already followers of Christ, we should keep this in mind, our salvation did not come in a church between two candles, but rather on a hill between two thieves. There is a deep and resounding wisdom in that.
In Your Name My King,
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