“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided His clothes and cast lots.”Luke 23:34
“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!’Luke 23:42-43
And He said to him, ‘I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.'”
“And Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.’ Saying this, He breathed His last.Luke 23:46-47
When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, ‘This man really was righteous!'”
Jesus was betrayed by His disciple. He was sentenced to the cross, though many knew He was innocent. This burden was heavy, but He never doubted the plan. He was faithful and loving to others until the end.
Even while He was hanging on the cross, Jesus put others before Himself. He asked His Father to forgive them. Jesus assured the thief on the cross that he would share eternity with Him!
His death was slow and painful, but He knew how important the outcome would be. Eternity for those who believe. Forever in heaven with the Lord!
We go through our own deep, dark, and painful times. Often, we move beyond them. But even when we don’t receive relief or healing, the Lord is with us and will help us throughout our trials.
Those who loved Jesus could only watch Him suffer. They could not comprehend what was to come. Some may have had a hint from His teachings. But nothing quite like the resurrection had ever happened before.
Our knowledge of the resurrection provides us with hope and assurance for our future. Let us remember His suffering so that we can embrace Christ’s gift of eternal life with Him.
Thank You for Your ultimate sacrifice. Thank You for enduring the pain of the cross to take away our sins and to provide us with the gift of eternal life with You in heaven! Though there is nothing we can do to repay You, please help us to live our lives by Your example and to share this hope with those we meet.
In Your name, Amen.
Journal: Read Luke 23:32-49. Take some time to reflect on the love Jesus has for you and His willingness to sacrifice Himself for your sins.
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