We all need to keep before our hearts and minds the sight of Christ crucified for us. That sight proves His love for us, fires our love for Him, and comforts our hearts as we see our salvation because of His sacrifice. Today’s devotional is designed to help you to these ends. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Luke 23:34-35 (ESV)
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”
“Bound upon the accursed tree,
Faint and bleeding, who is He?
By the eyes so pale and dim
Streaming blood and writhing limb;
By the flesh with scourges torn;
By the side so deeply pierced;
By the baffled, burning thirst;
By the drooping, death-dewed brow:
Son of man, ‘tis Thou! ― ‘tis Thou!’
Bound upon the accursed tree,
Dread and awful, who is He?
By the prayer for them that slew ―
‘Lord, they know not what they do!’
By the spoiled and empty grave;
By the souls He died to save:
By the conquest He hath won:
By the souls before His throne;
By the rainbow round His brow;
Son of God, ‘tis Thou! ― ‘tis Thou!”
[H. M. Milman in Gray & Adams Bible Commentary IV, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1903), p. 429]