Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 … I Remember the Cross

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 104 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song sung by Chantal Nelson … Remember the Cross … simply and poignantly declaring what all Christians should do every day, but especially on this Good Friday … to remember what He did for us on the Cross.

Highlight Verse[s]: Mark 15:39 … [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … 
39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” 
… Even a pagan soldier recognized Christ, the Son of God, at the foot of the cross.
Highlight Passage [context]: Matthew 26:36-46 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Mark’s Gospel account takes us back to the Cross on that gory/glorious day when our Lord shed His blood for our sins.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … John 3:16 [NLT] … 
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. …” 
… At least today … let’s remember what He did for us.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … 1st Corinthians 11:23-26 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK …The Apostle Paul exhorts all Christians to remember the cross with our remembrance at the Eucharist.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt, took her readers back to Mark’s account of the goriest and most glorious time in human history … at the cross. The ODB author wrote: In the church I attend, a large cross stands at the front of the sanctuary. It represents the original cross where Jesus died—the place where our sin intersected with His holiness. There God allowed His perfect Son to die for the sake of every wrong thing we have ever done, said, or thought. On the cross, Jesus finished the work that was required to save us from the death we deserve. 
The sight of a cross causes me to consider what Jesus endured for us. Before being crucified, He was flogged and spit on. The soldiers hit Him in the head with sticks and got down on their knees in mock worship. They tried to make Him carry His own cross to the place where He would die, but He was too weak from the brutal flogging. At Golgotha, they hammered nails through His flesh to keep Him on the cross when they turned it upright. Those wounds bore the weight of His body as He hung there. Six hours later, Jesus took His final breath (Mark 15:37). A centurion who witnessed Jesus’s death declared, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (v. 39). 

The opening line from Charles Dickens’ novel, The Tale of Two Cities, amply might have been written to describe what happened on the day we celebrate today. Dickens wrote, … ”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, …” And on this day we call “GOOD Friday,” we’re called take our minds/hearts to the cross to remember what God, the Father, did for His beloved, but sinful, mankind. He allowed His Son, The Christ, to be sacrificed, cruelly and humiliatingly, … but yet lovingly, … so that we, who most certainly don’t deserve His love, can live and share His love eternally.

So, today … remember the cross with me.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … King Jesus, … my Lord and Savior, … we remember !!! … Amen

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