We enter into our last week of this study series with a look at how the gospel holds a depth that we can search for our entire lives. It delivers an answer to the sinner who hears it for the first time, gives answers for the questions of the new believer, and continues to challenge and train the most senior of Bible scholars.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
As you read through the old testament, everything points to the coming Messiah, what He will do, and how we will know that it is really Him. This all comes together at the focal point of the crucifixion of Christ. That event affected the secular and spiritual life as it marks a change in history and our relationship with God. We will never know the cost Jesus bore on our behalf. It is hard to conceive the physical suffering He endured. Far greater was the loss He suffered in His separation from God as all of our (my) sins were placed upon Him on the cross. Think about your own feelings about the sufferings of Christ as you read Katie’s response below.
Question of the Week: What emotional reaction does the pain that Jesus went through during His trial and crucifixion create in you? Why?
My Redeemer by Katie Bartley
My initial emotion that I feel when I think about the pain and suffering that Jesus went through during his trial and crucifixion is sorrow. I am overwhelmed with sadness. Sadness because of the torture and torment that Jesus went through. He was mocked, horribly beaten and nailed to a cross where he died and that was my fault. I feel guilt and shame because I put Him there! He died for MY sins! Isaiah 53:5 says “But He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus went through all that suffering and pain for us! That brings me joy knowing that God loves us so much, He sent his precious son to die for us! John 3:17 says “For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world may be saved through Him.” I am joyful that God restored us to Himself by the precious blood of Jesus! Jesus took my place and I should rest in that and live in that joy!
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