September 21, 2016

Today you should read: John 19:28-37

So many theories. So many people trying to discount the resurrection by calling into question the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Maybe He wasn’t really dead? Maybe it was a stand-in and He was alive somewhere else? Maybe He was resuscitated through some kind of medicine or CPR? Or how about the “Swoon Theory”? Credo House explains:

Jesus never really died on the cross. He was either thought dead and taken down, or intentionally taken down before death. He was placed in the tomb for a couple of days, then he regained his strength and presented himself alive to many people, including his Apostles. They were convinced that he had risen from the dead and spread this story, which formed the basis for the Christian message.

Here’s the bottom line: the historical accounts of the death of Christ are overwhelming, both Biblical and extra-biblical. Not only that, if you consider what a Roman crucifixion — with floggings — entailed, you’d understand that Jesus actually died. This is a fact and a fairly irrefutable one. It’s a fact that changed history. It’s also a fact that changes lives.

IT IS FINISHED! 

Jesus tasted the full sting of death so that we could experience the full joy of life. This passage reminds me so much of what Peter told His disciples just a few years after Jesus ascended to Heaven: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death”. He died in my place. He died in your place. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Today, take appropriate time to simply thank Jesus. Express gratitude to Him for His emotional suffering, mock trials, floggings & beatings, and for His death. While that may feel sorrowful, remember that you have salvation because of all that. Close in prayer by asking Him to give you the power to live boldly for His name.

Here’s a song that has encouraged me that has been strongly influenced by John 19. Maybe it’ll encourage you, too.

By: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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