All for You and Me
Theme of the Week: Holy Week: Choosing the Cross
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 27:11-31
Imagine it with me.
Jesus is standing there stripped, shackled, and alone in the circle. The soldier steps forward and begins. The scourges hiss through the air in a wide arc and sink with a thud in Christ's skin.
The crowd howls.
The scourges rise again and again in the soldier's fist. And fall. And rise again.
Soldiers sneer and spit. The scourges hiss and thud into purple flesh. Blood flows. God's chosen people scream for more.
The tormentor grunts and sweats, but keeps reaching back for that terrible, wide arc.
Jesus crumples. Guards rush to jerk him to his feet. The scourges rise again, and fall.
Look! The righteous anger of God, is pouring down on this man, his Son.
It is one thing to speak in theological terms about an obligatory sacrifice for a fallen world. It is an entirely different thing to stand in the presence of brutal men and their instruments of torture and try to watch, realizing that Jesus endured all that and more for you and me.
"By his wounds we are healed," wrote Isaiah [in today's Key Bible Verse]. Healing through wounding, wholeness through brokenness. This is the way of the cross—the way of Jesus.
—Michael Card in A Violent Grace
My Response: I will reflect on how much Jesus suffered for me.
Thought to Apply: While human agents were killing an innocent man, God was pouring out his wrath. … He was crushing Jesus "for our iniquities." … In bearing this wrath, Jesus suffered so that his people would not have to.—R. C. Sproul (theologian, writer)
Adapted from A Violent Grace by Michael Card (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Thank you, suffering Redeemer, for paying the price for my sin. ... And through me, in some small or large way today, bring your priceless redemption to others.—Michael Card
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