Day 13

January 15

Mark 15

31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

When I think of what Jesus had to endure for us while He was on trial and on His way to be crucified, it amazes me. When I understand that He could have saved Himself, that’s even crazier. He had an escape hatch by simply having power! Yet, Jesus chose to stay on the cross. The insults and the lies they said would have been crushing to me. Then you factor in being whipped and crucified among sinners would really make me rethink this whole plan, but Jesus stayed on the cross. 

Why did Jesus stay on the cross? He did it for you, and for me. He lived a perfect life, and He who knew no sin took on all sin so that we could be in relationship with God. He could have saved Himself and not go through all the persecution and crucifixion, but He chose to stay on the cross for us. I stop and think about that. I personalize it. He died specifically for our sins. Our sins of years ago and of yesterday. He took on the sins of the world so we don’t have to walk in shame and fear, but to walk confidently in our worth. Pause for a moment and personalize it for yourself. Try to understand why Jesus did it for you. In our moments of feeling unworthy, Jesus calls us worthy. In our times of questioning and doubt, remember His sacrifice on the cross. 

“Jesus, thank You for choosing to stay on the cross. Thank you for living a blameless life to be a perfect sacrifice for me. At times I feel unworthy of Your love and Your goodness, but You have already called me worthy. Help me to remember the cross and what that means for my life. Amen”

Question: In our discipleship walk, how do you view/talk/think about yourself? Jesus thought enough about you to stay on the cross and die for your sins.

Pastor Blake McCarty
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