Daily Devotion for April 14, 2017
'It's a Good Day...'
Luke 18:18-13 NAS
“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’"
When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts.
It's Good Friday today, a good GOOD day...
A good day to remember every one of us is a “sinner,” a sinner in need of God's mercy,
A good day to remember “what we deserve for our deeds”...punishment, death,
A good day to remember our wretchedness, “beating” our “breasts” for the sins we do and have done,
A good day to remember “innocent” Jesus lived, suffered, and died, having “done nothing wrong,”
It's a good day to rejoice: Jesus asked His Father to “forgive them,” to forgive us!
It's a good day to rejoice: Jesus thought of you while He hung there: His love held Him there!
It's a good day to rejoice: Jesus laid down His own life—He made death His servant for you, for me!
It's a good day to rejoice: Jesus CONQUERED DEATH for us!
It's a good day to rejoice: Jesus PAID IN FULL for every sin!
It's a good day to rejoice: through faith in Him, we are made NEW!
It's a good day to rejoice: His death payment made a way for us to be “with (Him) in Paradise!”
Yes, Jesus! Praise Your name! It's a very good day!
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