Daily Read – Numbers 15:17-16:40; Mark 15:1-47; Psalm 54:1-7; Proverbs 11:5-6
Chapter Mark 1
This entire chapter reveals the sacrificial and extravagant love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Within each word, another facet of the Father's unconditional love unfolds as He freely gives His only begotten Son to redeem every one of us.
As you open your Bible to Mark 15, don't just read the words on the page, but ask the Holy Spirit to take you on a journey to the cross. What was it really like for Jesus, a sinless and innocent man to be charged and sentenced to death, the death on a cross?
Could He hear the jeers and shouts of mockery and hatred from those who stood in the crowds? Were some of those shouting for his crucifixion the same ones standing in the crowds shouting praise as they watched Him heal the sick and deliver those tormented by demons?
The pain He endured is beyond anything experienced by a human being, but He pressed through the agony because of the joy set before Him. He saw you waiting on the other side of His obedience.
The Word instructs us to take up our cross and follow Him. In daily life, this means to lay down our lives, crucify our flesh with all of its wants and desires, and walk in accordance with His will. However today, be challenged to take the cross of Christ as Simon the Cyrenian did and walk side by side with Jesus to Golgotha.
As He walks this road, look into the eyes of Christ and write down what you see. Tears of pure love blind Him from seeing anything but the cross. He determines to fulfill His mission on earth and nothing will stand in His way. Our eternity depends on His obedience and He knows it -- He pushes on.
Take a journey today into the heart of the Father as He watches His beautiful Son willingly take your sin and mine on the cross, and then to experience the reality of hell so we would not have too.
Allow yourself to experience this journey...see it, hear it, feel it, smell it, and taste it. If you walk this path, it will revolutionize your life. There is healing and deliverance in this walk; there is death to self in this walk; and there is life eternal in this walk!
What Christ did is as real today as it was over 2,000 years ago. Quiet yourself before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the greatest love story of all time and eternity.
You will never be the same again!