He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2 (NIV)
The hammer crashed against the spike with force and accuracy. The tip of the sharpened metal burrowed through the flesh to find contact with the wooden crossbar. Another powerful blow sounded like thunder to the bystanders as the spike securely fastened the convicted man’s hand to the crucifix.
The end of this brutal day would reveal no mercy for Jesus Christ. Beaten, ridiculed, betrayed, belittled, and tortured… the son of God endured the agony of prolonged death for us. The messiah came to do what we could never do on our own. He sacrificed his life for our sins.
Every time we willingly shut our eyes to the need of the hungry, the thirsty, the outcast, the marginalized people of the world… we turn our heads from the cross. Jesus Christ did not endure the agony of rejection and crucifixion so that we could pick and choose parts of His teachings to follow.
When you pledge your life to Christ, you are a living testimony to the very gospel of His ways. Today… live with purpose. Serve others. Love others. Turn away from darkness. Live like you have been given a second chance.
2 Minute Drill
How does the crucifixion strike you?
What one way can you serve someone today while giving credit to Christ?
PRAY: God, I am humbled by your willingness to give your own son my sake. Some days I live as if nothing happened. Too often, I act as if I deserve to be given a second chance. Remind me of the gift you’ve given when I stray. Amen.