Monday, The Second Week of Lent (Mar. 1)
Narrated by Sharon Zehnder
The Son of God Dies for the Ungodly
From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” John 19:12
The mob and its leaders rejected Jesus, demanding his execution. They had no idea how this fit right in with God’s plan of salvation for all of us sinners. By his wounds we are healed; by his death we have eternal life.
It’s too easy to pass judgment on “the Jews.” Our rejection of Jesus is much more subtle, but we are just as guilty as they are. Every one of our sins added to his crucifixion, but “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus lovingly, willingly accepted the burden of the judgment we deserve.
That is the gospel healing we celebrate.
REFLECT: What can you do to be less judgmental?
PRAY: We honor you, Jesus, as our King of kings. Amen.
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