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Day 35: Jesus Is Crucified

Reflect: As Jesus hung on the cross, He was experiencing the absolute worst physical pain imaginable. He had been given 39 harsh lashes, a crown of thorns had pierced the top of his head, He was spit on, ridiculed and iron spikes driven through His hands and His feet. Then, he hung on the cross for three hours, being mocked, dehydrated, and tortured as He was gasping for each breath. With Jesus last breath He pronounced, “It is finished.” The Greek word here is “teleioō.” It means to become thoroughly or entirely accomplished; becoming perfect or complete. The prophecies that were spoken about Him up until his death were completed. Let’s look at some of the fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies referring to Jesus’ death. These are important to note because it is evidence that God is who He says he is and does what He says He will do. Three of these fulfillments of prophecy that were in these verses are:

• Psalm 22:15, “My strength is dried up like a piece of a broken clay pot. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. And You lay me in the dust of death.” This refers to Jesus saying on the cross when He said, “I am thirsty,” in verse 28.

• Psalm 34:20, “He keeps all his bones safe. Not one of them is broken.” John 19:33, “They did not break His legs.”

• Zechariah 1:10, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a first born son.” John 19:34, “… one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear…” 

You are loved.

Respond: Billy Graham once said, “... the thing that kept Christ on that cross was love, not the nail.” There is a short story told from long ago, “I asked Jesus, ‘How much do you love me?’ He stretched out his arms on the cross and said, ‘This much.’ Then, he died.” In John 15:12-13, it is noted that Jesus said, “Love each other just as I have loved you. No one can have greater love than to give his life for his friends.” This is what He did for you, my friend, He gave his very life. You are loved. I encourage you to remember every day about what happened on the cross: the prophecies fulfilled and the price Jesus paid for your salvation because He longs to be with you for eternity and thinks you are amazing. You are deeply valued and loved for who you are, created for a purpose to live out on earth and through eternity that are better than you can imagine. Today, let the reality of the cross sink deeply into your heart. In doing so, it will cause you to love Jesus even more and desire to live out your life purpose for Him each day. Maybe you want to pray and renew your commitment to Jesus.

Example: “Jesus, thank you for suffering and dying on the cross for all of my sins. Let me remember today, and every day, the price you paid for me on the cross. Please forgive me for all of my broken ways and the times I have hurt your heart. I recommit my ways to you. Help me grow closer to you day by day as you direct me to live out the plans and purposes you have for my life. I love you and I give every area of myself over to you. Amen.”

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