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A Love Worth Dying For

Luke23c

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two  Luke 23:44-45

The time for the death of Jesus had come. Christ had been tortured, beaten, nailed to a piece of wood, made fun of and spit on.

“No manner of execution was ever devised that was more cruel and agonizing then to be nailed to a cross and hung up to die like a piece of meat. It was horrible. You would not have been able to watch it. Not without screaming, pulling at your hair and tearing your clothes. You probably would have vomited.” John Piper

The Darkness

All of a sudden the sun stopped shining and for 3 hours this supernatural darkness covered the land and fulfilled Amos 8:9,10

“And on that day,” declares the Lord GOD,
“I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight
I will turn your feasts into mourning and
all your songs into lamentation.
I will bring sackcloth on every waist
and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.

This darkness was a cosmic sign of mourning. The whole earth was weeping over the death of the Son of God. In those three black hours, sin was poured on Christ’s soul until he became sin. The physical pain Christ experienced was nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to the agony he went through during those 3 hours of darkness.

“On the cross Christ was robed in all that is heinous and hateful as the mass of our corruption poured over him. With horror Christ found his entire being to be sin in the Father’s sight. Wave after wave of our sin was poured over Christ’s sinless soul. Again and again during those three hours his soul recoiled and convulsed as all our lies, infidelity, hatreds, jealousies, murders, and pride were poured upon his purity.” Kent Hughes

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree’ ” (Galatians 3:13)

The Curtain

At the same time as this horrendous event was happening something beautiful was taking place inside the temple. There were thirteen curtains in the temple and the grandest and most majestic of those thirteen was located right in front of the Holy of Holies. It was as thick as a man’s hand but God tore it from top to bottom removing forever the need for a human mediator because Christ had become the only mediator needed between God and man.

No longer did the people need priests to intercede for them because Christ had become our true High Priest (Heb. 5 and 8) and no longer was the blood of animals required to make atonement for sin because the spotless and pure blood of Jesus accomplish atonement once and for all!

Paul tells us that we are to boast in this bloody spectacle. It is to be our dearest treasure, the only thing we put our trust in and we are to make it our greatest joy. ( Gal. 6:14)

The cross reveals the seriousness of our sin, the depths of God’s love, and the grace of salvation. We cannot add to our salvation and we can’t take anything away from it. Christ has done it all.

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is history, but it is more than one man’s death. It is the God-man’s death for sinners. It is Christ’s death for me. And over his death we mourn for our sins, while rejoicing in our redemption.

Looking To Jesus,
jen-sig

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  1. Bible study this morning has me thinking a lot today. Through this bible study, I feel the Lord working in me, my family and answering prayers. Today digging deeper has me thinking of the Sabbath. We go to church, but don’t keep the sabbath holy. Which day is Sabbath..friday evening to saturday evening or sunday? Jesus Christ saved me and I am ready to live for him, obeying EVERY commandment and turning from my own desires. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Shanen,
      The Sabbath is from sun down Friday to sun down Saturday. Sunday is considered the Lord’s Day which is not found in Scripture but is something that was made up by man.

    • Jen Thorn says:

      Shanen,
      Christ was risen on a Sunday, he appeared to many on a Sunday and ascended into heaven on a Sunday. This is why the church started meeting and worshiping on Sundays and calls it “The Lords Day”. :)

      • The origin of Sunday worship came about because of Constantine. He is the one who decreed that Sunday would be a Roman day of rest not a Biblical day of rest and he enforced his new decree throughout his empire killing those who would not conform to his ways. Constantine was a sun worshipper. Sun worshippers meet on the first day of the week (Sunday). Constantine didn’t’ want his paganism challenged by the church so this is what he came up with. If everyone agreed with and practiced worshipping on Sunday then there was no way he could be challenged by the church and he wasn’t. Constantine was also a man who hated Hebrews/Jews and did his best to do what Hitler tried to do later on. It was his goal, his passion to make sure all Hebrews/Jews were extinguished from his lands. He made up horrible stories and great lies to get christians and pagans to turn on the Hebrews/Jews and take up arms against them, killing them. This part of history is just as sad and violent as the Holocaust. A GREAT book to read concerning all this and many other things that Constantine did is called Constantine’s Sword by James Carroll.
        Many Blessings Ladies!

  2. If thisdoesnt make you think then i dont know what will. this has been an amazing devotion today thank you so much
    krista

  3. When the curtain was torn from top to bottom the Holy of Holies was revealed. The Holy of Holies is the VERY heart of God. God was exposing His heart to the world for all to see!

  4. When the curtain was torn from top to bottom the Holy of Holies could be seen. The Holy of Holies was/is the VERY heart of God. God was exposing His heart for all the world to see! It is even taught that the Holy of Holies could be seen from where Jesus/Yeshua hung.

  5. Please know that everything I share, I share in love and humility. I LOVE history and the very Book I cherish is full of wonderful truth and history! There is SO much to glean from all of it!

  6. Such a beautiful post Jen. Thank you so much!
    Courtney ;)

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