April 18th

Scripture - Luke 23

Observation - Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice is recorded in this chapter. In man’s eyes he was guilty of the worst crimes and hung on the cross. But the payment wasn’t for any guilt of His own, it was God’s payment for all of humankind’s sins. The only way to cover our sin was to give a pure and blameless blood sacrifice. As the blood of Jesus stained the cross, so was death and sin lifted off of our lives. We are now able to be redeemed -to be in relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior’s sacrifice.

Application - As Easter draws nears, it is a great time to remember what Jesus did for us. Sometimes it’s easy to forget or let the idea of the cross become common to us. But, when we really take a minute to remember what Christ did, it does something to our spirits. The work of the cross brings true wholeness into our lives. Maybe that is why Jesus encouraged us to reflect often on His body and blood given for the forgiveness of our sins. Think back on your own salvation story. Take a few moments to write down your story as a way to reflect on God’s good grace and redemption of your life.

Prayer - God, thank you for sending your only son, Jesus to be a living sacrifice for me. Thank-you for my salvation and sanctification. Captivate me in your holiness. Purify my soul, mind, heart, and spirit. Burn the areas out of my life that are not pleasing to you. In your name I pray, Amen.