But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV 

God sent His Son to the world knowing He would die a horrible death. Jesus felt more than we will ever know. He experienced excruciating pain. He was beaten, mocked and forced to wear a crown of thorns on His head. He carried a cross that held the agony of pain. Nails were hammered through His flesh. Those who didn't Him as Lord of their lives screamed, “Crucify Him!” 

Videos portray this event and we turn our eyes away. We see images of Christ suffering in a way that makes us feel guilty; undeserving of grace. But God NEVER turns His eyes away from us. He knows our suffering and sees each tear that falls. As we gratefully consider the sacrifice of Jesus, God helps us discover  peace. In moments to recognize the magnitude of mercy, He reminds us why we ARE worthy of His love. 

Jesus took our sin! Because of His sacrifice we WILL live again. The Bible says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6. We must confess Him as Lord of our lives and believe in the power of God’s plan for our salvation. Christ wants to have a living relationship with us. 

Jesus will weave new life through His promise of HOPE. And when doubt creeps in the soul of our well-being, He will cradle us in care. He will allow us to hear what is whispered in His holiness; ”I'm holding you, child and I know how you feel." 

Dear God, You help us remember who knows our suffering. We will love You all the days of our lives and seek Your mercy and grace. Help us remember what Jesus did for EACH one of us. Humble our hearts, so we will not forget what happened at the cross. And help us understand how very much we are loved. Thank you, Lord! Amen


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