On: August 23, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Luke 23:32-33
Three words, one short phrase: they crucified Him. Ghastly.Yet, the cross was the crisis point of history, after which the tide turned and, as a consequence, men and women could find eternal restoration with God. Glorious.
In our own lives, it is often a crisis point that, whilst ghastly to endure, sets in motion a glorious transformation in our lives.
As I look back with awe and thanksgiving at Jesus’s agony on the cross, I also recall with gratitude those times in my own life where apparent defeat has turned out to be a gateway to victory. My prayer is that God’s people may be equipped and strengthened to see through their suffering to the glory that lies beyond. And that others, as they look on, may be pointed to Jesus Christ as Lord, and give glory to God the Father.
Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Father God, thank you for Jesus’s determination to see through His unique mission … to death and beyond. Thank you for enabling me to carry on when circumstances are beyond my strength. Please use my struggles to help others find You. Amen