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’ve benefitted 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 suffered, so I could be sanctified. (Hebrews 13:11-13)
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.