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Put It To Death

April 2, 2010

Friday. Today we remember that Jesus was tried, convicted, beaten, and put to death.  If you can close your eyes for a moment and hear the sounds of the day.  No dramatic movie music, no artistic camera angels, no comfortable seats to sit in and watch, no one speaking english, and no subtitles.

What is your idea of what took place that day.  Is it a romanticized memory that was learned at Sunday school?  Does your recollection of the story include dirt, smells of animal dung,  smells of people who didn’t have access to showers, soap, and deodorant? Does it include fear, hopelessness, and pain?

I just want you to remember that it was real.  It was ugly, painful, and terrifying.  It was murder.  Even the powerful portrayal in “The Passion of The Christ” movie doesn’t cover it. It really happened.  He did it to fulfill His Father’s will and His heart was to pay for your sin so you could come home.

On that day, when Jesus was put to death, the sins of the world were put to death.  He paid the price for our sin.  It was and is finished.  But the story for you and I still remains to be told.  We need to put our old lives to death by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  It will be ugly, painful, and horrifying.  We have to face and recognize what we are and that we cannot save ourselves.  The scriptures tell us that when we believe, we are crucified with Christ and the old is gone and the new comes.  So today, on Good Friday, the areas of your life that are still consumed in darkness (your secret sin, habits, brokenness, fear, etc.), choose to believe.  Recognize that Jesus paid for it and it is finished.  Ask Jesus to pour His light out in those areas and set you free.

Take time to read the accounts of Jesus’ trial, scourging, and crucifixion today:

Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19

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