Devotions, General Devotions

“Even to Death on a Cross”

“Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
Who, existing in the form of God,
Did not consider equality with God
As something to be used for His own advantage.
Instead He empted Himself by assuming the form of a slave,
Taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
In His external form,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
To the point of death—
Even to death on a cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8

Crucifixion has its place in history as one of the most torturous and humiliating ways to die. It was reserved for the very worst of criminals—usually.

Jesus, our Lord, Creator of the World, Son of God humbled Himself even to this—“death on a cross.” Jesus is God and He knows all of human history, what has already passed and what is yet to come. He knows every group of people, every place and certainly every instrument of death.

Although crucifixion was used occasionally in other places and times, the ancient Romans used it the most of any nation in history and it was mainly used from about 70 B.C. until 337 A.D, when it was outlawed by the first Christian emperor, Constantine.

We know that the price for sin is death (Romans 3:23) and Jesus chose to die for us. He could have chosen any time in history, any means of death, but He humbled Himself “even to death on a cross.”

Wow.

Guys, I think God chose crucifixion as the means of death by which He paid for our sin so we could clearly see just how very much our sin cost our Savior.

We tend to shrug off sin sometimes, don’t we? Sadly, I know I do. Obviously, we should try never to sin, but when we slip up, does it break our hearts to think of what Jesus went through to pay for that sin?

The torture. The humiliation. The pain and suffering. The agony, both physically and spiritually.

Even so, Jesus humbled Himself to death on a cross. He clearly showed us how seriously He takes our sin. Do you know what else He showed us? The ultimate humility, of course. But, also, the ultimate love.

Oh how He loves us that He would humble Himself “even to death on a cross.”

Oh how He loves you, that He would do such a thing.

Oh how He loves me that He would suffer so.

He paid the price for our sin so that we could know Him.

How amazing is that?

If you know Him today, will you take some time to praise Him for this great sacrifice He made for us?

If you don’t know Him today, will you consider that He died for your sins too? He died for your sins because He loves you so very much. Admit your sin today and ask Him to forgive you. He is there waiting humbly, patiently, lovingly for you.

Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. I am so sorry for my sin and I ask you to forgive them. Help me to walk in a way that is honoring to You. I know how You suffered for sin and I don’t want to take that lightly. Thank you for Your sacrifice. Thank you for forgiving me. Amen.

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