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May We Never Forget

It’s Holy Week, the week leading up to our most joyous day as Christians…Resurrection Day. The day we celebrate Christ's victory over death, Hell, and the grave but before we get to this most marvelous day we must take the time to be grateful for the price that was paid. A price that was owed for each and every one of us. A price that we could never pay and a debt that had to be paid.

Yet, Jesus in all His love for us took our place. A place that He did not deserve. A place where He endured an agony that was so unimaginable for us to comprehend. We can never begin to understand the true sacrifice He made so that all of us would not have to be lost for eternity.

I never want to take for granted all that Jesus Christ endured on my behalf, your behalf. I don’t want to water down the torture He took in my place. With that in mind, I ask you to join me in finding a quiet place to just sit and slowly read over the verses below. Each scripture should break our hearts. Each lash Christ endured was one of our sins. Our spirit should lament and then overflow with such gratitude and praise for the unmeasurable love He gave and continues to give every day.

Don’t rush…. truly sit and contemplate the pain, the sacrifice, the love!

The betrayal: Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said [unto them], What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. - Matthew 26:14-16

And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead [him] away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. - Mark 14:44-45

But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? - Luke 22:48

(Jesus called them friends. Can you imagine a friend betraying you to death with a kiss?)

Jesus chose us over deliverance: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? - Matthew 26:53

The lies:But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, [yet] found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, - Matthew 26:60

The assault and mocking: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote [him] with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? - Matthew 26:67-68

And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. - Mark 14:65

The denial: But he denied before [them] all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. ... And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. ... Then began he to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. - Matthew 26:70, 72, 74

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. - Luke 22:61

They chose the world rather than God: But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber. - John 18:39-40

But they cried out, Away with [him], away with [him], crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. - John 19:15

The scourging (whipped by a devise that tore the skin and ripped the flesh), the crown of thorns, & more mocking: And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put [it] upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. (They spat on Him, take that in for a moment. The thought of others spitting on you!)

He carried the cross (our cross) and was crucified: And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. - Matthew 27:28-30, 35

And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called [the place] of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: - John 19:17

Even hanging on the cross, He endured more mocking: And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest [it] in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking [him], with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. - Matthew 27:39-42

The cries of the Saviour: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? - Matthew 27:46

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? ... - Mark 15:34

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. - John 19:30

The completed work: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. - Matthew 27:50

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. Mark 15:37

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. - Luke 23:46

One last piercing: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. - John 19:34

May we never forget the price that was paid for our redemption. May we never forget to be grateful for such amazing love.


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