Bible Reading: John 19.
Insight: “There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” (John 19:18)
Insight 1: Who was the person that crucified Jesus? Was it governor Pilate? Was it a Roman soldier? Was it the Jewish synagogue? Or was it the reckless crowd? It was the sins of the world, including you and me, that crucified Him, and we are the ones responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion! He endured the hostility of sinners so that you and I could be acceptable to God; He was temporarily abandoned by God so that you and I could be reconciled to God forever; He died on the cross so that you and I could live forever in heaven. God’s grace is so great, is there any love in this world can be greater than this love?
Insight 2: As the Lord Jesus suffered, crucified, and died, what does this have taught us? On the one hand, He declared to people that God is righteous and He will pursue people’s sins. On the other hand, He elucidated to people that God is love. He paid the price of His only begotten son, Jesus, to redeem people through His sacrifice on the cross. God’s justice and love have made perfect through crucified Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your bountiful grace on the cross. You were treated so cruelly because of my sin. If You don’t love me, why should You suffer on the cross? As I meditate on Your suffering, please shine on my heart with Your true light and let me understand Your love. Please also hold my hand. I would like to walk the path of the cross with You, glorifying Your name throughout my life. I pray in Your precious name, Amen!