At the Cross
Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 3, 4; Luke 23
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 23:32-43
In the events leading up to the death of Jesus, He suffered many things. He was beaten, whipped, spit on, mocked, and nailed to a cross. He knew that it was God’s will and God’s plan that all of this had to happen to Him, but he still must have been in complete agony. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain Jesus must have felt on that fateful day. Despite his misery, Jesus still asked God to forgive the people who had caused him the most pain.
We have all been hurt by other people at one time or another. In some cases, that pain was physical, and in other cases, the pain was emotional. As human beings, we tend to focus on that pain and on the people who caused it, and we sometimes have a difficult time forgiving the people who have hurt us the most. Jesus’ actions show us that even when faced with the worst pain imaginable, we still have the capacity to forgive. We may not have this ability on our own, but we can gain this ability to forgive through the power and help of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Another important thing to note from this passage is the faith of the criminal hanging on the cross next to Jesus. By his own admission, he plainly states that he is “punished justly” and is “getting what [his] deeds deserve.” (23:41) However, at the end of his life, when he knew he was going to die, he turned to Jesus. Even though he saw Jesus nailed to the cross next to him, he was able to see past Jesus’ present situation to see His future glory. The fact that Jesus forgave him of his past sins and accepted him, and even told him that he would be with Jesus in Heaven, shows that it is never too late to turn to Christ. All we have to do is put our faith and trust in him, repent of our sins, and follow Him. Then, like the robber, we can be with Him in paradise.
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Posted on October 10, 2013, in 03 - Luke and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Forgiveness, God, God's Character, Grace, Jesus, Religion, Repentance, Salvation, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.