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the ‘I Will Trust In You’ Christian Challenge
Day 11: Read Matthew 27:32-56. This passage is also know as The Crucifixion of Jesus. You have probably heard it a million times, but read it with a deeper perspective. Pause after each verse and picture it as vividly as you can. Did you know that “His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness?”
BEFORE I READ:
To be honest, I don’t feel like reading this passage. It’s not because I don’t love Jesus. It’s not because I will throw up at the gore. It’s not because I think I’m too good to read this.
It is because I cannot face my own sin.
I was supposed to do this yesterday, but I was running from God (sadly). I had sinned majorly (major to me, maybe not to others; sin is sin) on Tuesday and refused to accept God’s forgiveness for the past 3 days. THREE WHOLE DAYS. Yet God forgives me– isn’t that amazing? :’( :’)
Even though I am born again, I sin. It’s awful but if I’m being honest, I do. When I sin, it makes me upset because I have to ask forgiveness when I know better. But God is still forgiving. (That doesn’t mean that you can keep sinning, then ask for forgiveness and make a cycle out of it!)
v. 34, Jesus refused the vinegar, which was used as a sort of pain killer back then. His refusal meant He felt e v e r y t h i n g.
v.35, This is what Jesus’ main aim was when He came to earth: to be killed for our sins.
v.37, buuuut that’s no way to treat a king, what’s more, The King. Oh sadness.
v.40 “If”? If?!?!! He IS the Son of God, and He is all-powerful. He could have come off the cross, but He stayed up there for the entire human race, including the people that were mocking Him.
v.45-46, Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Do you know why? Because God HAD looked away from Jesus. Want to know why? Because right then, Jesus Christ, Lord Supreme, Master of the universe that was made a sinless human being, was bearing OUR SIN. All of it. Every single sin of every single human being that was alive back then and all those to come. I’m crying as I write this because Jesus took my sins and He became so marred, so damaged just for me, just for us all. Is your mind blown yet? God turned His back on His only begotten Son for the sinful human race, that we may come to the knowledge of this and accept Him as Lord, so that one day, we’ll be with Him in Heaven. Jesus did that for us.
v.50, I killed a man before I was even alive! His name is Jesus, and He took my sin upon Himself, died and was raised up again. I’m crying so hard right now :/
v.51, I finally understood the significance of this verse this year at Easter time. The veil was a very thick cloth that was hung up in the temple. It was a partition between God and humans. Only the priests were allowed to enter the holy of holies, which is where God’s presence was. The day of Christ’s crucifixion was the day that God tore that veil from top to bottom (He did it that way so that no one could say a man did it by tearing it from the bottom go up.) By doing that, God is giving us the chance to come to Him, with nothing to hinder us any longer.
H A L L E L U J A H ~
He loves me so much that He provided a way for the two of us to commune even before my great-great grandma was conceived!
Well, I’m all out of tears.
I really want people to understand the depth of this passage. How can you live comfortably in sin when you know that there is comfort in Jesus?
I just wish that everyone could turn away from sin and accept God’s free gift of salvation.
Give up sin and accept salvation. It’s the best change one can make. I have never regretted giving my life to Christ, and neither will you. Trust in God today.