The Cross - Determined Love

BE STILL 21-DAY DEVOTIONAL

Day 15

READ:  MARK 15:16-32

The suffering and torture of Jesus had begun.  After being scourged under Pilate's command, Jesus was ordered to be crucified.  The whole garrison of the Roman military clothed Jesus with a purple robe, twisted and pounded a crown of thorns into His skull, mocked Him, spit on Him, ripped His beard, struck Him on the head with a reed, had Jesus carry the cross to where He would be executed, and nailed Him to the cross.

The blood of Jesus poured out of His body, His flesh ripped from head to toe. The prophet Isaiah said of Jesus, “Just as there were many who were appalled at him- his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness” (Isaiah 52:14).  

As Jesus was married and disfigured from being tortured so much and hanging on the cross, those who saw Him mocked and tempted Him once again.  They reminded Jesus that He once said to tear the temple down and He would raise it in three days.  They taunted Him by saying that He saved others during His days on earth but couldn’t even save Himself.

They mockingly called Him the King of Israel who needed to prove Himself by coming down from the cross in His power.  Jesus was not distracted, nor given in to the people’s comments.  He was not committed to proving Himself to people and protect His reputation, but Jesus was determined and passionate about saving those who taunted and tempted Him, as well as the whole world.  Jesus poured out His blood because of His great love and mercy, not to save Himself, but to redeem the world.

The blood of Jesus saves you from eternal separation from God and eternal hell when you die.  The blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse you, save you, and restore your relationship with God.  The holy blood that was poured out on the cross is your only provision for eternal life in heaven and abundant life on earth.  Jesus did not save Himself because His love was determined to save you from the penalty and power of sin.

The blood of Jesus saves you from the curse of sin.  Since sin is the root of pain and destruction and declares all under sin to be under its curse, Jesus became the curse on the cross.  Galatians 2:10 says, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  The good news is that through Christ’s blood, you have been set free from the curse that sin brings!  

The apostle Paul goes on to say, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Galatians 2:13).  The blood of Jesus crushed the curse that comes from sin in your life.  Jesus did not save Himself because His love was determined to save you from the curse of sin and death that tries to overcome you in this life.

The blood of Jesus saves you from sickness, disease, and physical pain.  The prophet Isaiah saw why Jesus was so marred and bloody on the cross.  Jesus not only bore your iniquities on the cross, but He bore your sickness, carried your physical pain, and healed you (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17).  The blood of Jesus is the answer to your healing right now.  He took the curse of your physical pain and sickness so that you can be whole and completely healed.  Jesus did not save Himself because His love was determined to save you from sickness and disease.

Receive the benefits of the blood of Jesus and rejoice that Jesus did not save Himself on the cross so that you can stand forgiven, set free, and healed today!


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