Two years ago, these words came to mind as I prepared my heart to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. I’m returning to these verses again this year, so I thought I’d share them again with you. The following was originally posted here on April 17, 2014.
1. The cross doesn’t enter my daily thoughts very often, and 2. It really, really should.
Life is busy. My thoughts are usually consumed with my to-do list, dinner plans, parenting challenges, and vacation daydreams. But these last several days, as my thoughts have turned more and more to the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ, I started making a mental list of how I benefit from Christ’s death on the cross.
I’d like to be more aware of these benefits on a daily basis, not just during Holy Week. And so as I record them for myself, I’ll also share them with you. I hope contemplating what Christ has done will encourage you as it has encouraged me.
Christ was betrayed, so I could be reconciled to God. (Romans 5:10)
Christ was taken captive, so I could be set free. (Matthew 26:50, Galatians 5:1)
Christ poured out His blood, so I could be filled with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 26:28, Romans 8:11)
Christ was falsely accused, so I could be free from the accusations of the evil one. (Matthew 26:59-60)
Christ was sacrificed, so I could be rescued. (I Peter 1:18-19)
Christ was taken outside the city gates, so I could be brought into God’s kingdom. (Matthew 27:33)
Christ was forsaken, so I could be accepted. (Matthew 27:46)
Christ was disrobed, so I could be clothed in His righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10, Matthew 27:35)
Christ became sin, so I could be made righteous. (II Corinthians 5:21)
Christ was wounded, so I could be healed. (I Peter 2:24)
Christ was mocked, so I could be welcomed. (Matthew 27:39-44)
Christ was condemned, so I could know no condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
Christ became like the guilty, so my guilt could be removed. (Matthew 27:37-38, Psalm 103:12)
Christ was separated from the Father, so I never will be. (Romans 8:38-39)
Christ died in the darkness, so I could walk in the light. (Matthew 27:45, John 8:12)
Christ became cursed, so I could be free from the curse. (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)
Christ was humiliated, so I could be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:17)
Christ was rejected, so I could be adopted. (Romans 8:15-16)
Christ felt the sting of death, so I could be freed from its power. (I Corinthians 15:55-57, Matthew 27:50)
Christ was punished, so I could be pardoned. (Micah 7:18)
Christ wore a crown of thorns, so I could receive the crown of life. (Matthew 27:29, James 1:12)
Christ experienced God’s wrath, so I could be spared from it. (Romans 3:25)
Christ was the perfect Passover Lamb, so I could pass from death to life. (John 1:29, Colossians 1:13)
John 19:30: When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.Share