Daily Read – Numbers 15:17-16:40; Mark 15:1-47; Psalm 54:1-7; Proverbs 11:5-6
This entire chapter reveals the sacrificial and extravagant love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Within each word, another facet of 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, but live them as Holy Spirit takes you on the journey to the cross. What was it really like for Jesus, a sinless and innocent man to be charged and sentenced to death by crucifixion? Could He hear the jeers and shouts of mockery from those who stood in the crowds? Were some of those shouting for his death the very ones standing in the crowds shouting praise as they watched Him heal and deliver people?
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, His bride 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, and walk in accordance with His will. As you continue to read, be challenged to carry the cross of Christ as Simon the Cyrenian did. Walk side by side with Jesus to Golgotha.
As He walks this road, look into His eyes and write down what you see. Tears of pure love blind Him from seeing anything but the cross and the road He must walk. 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 onward.
Take a journey today into the heart of Father as He watches His beautiful and sinless Son willingly take your sin and mine on the cross. 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 entire 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 in His presence and ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you the greatest love story of all time and eternity.
You will never be the same again!