Read: Ezekiel 20:1-49, Hebrews 9:11-28, Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 27:11
For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)
Relate: I have a friend who grew up on a farm. They used to raise cows and like most families that had animals, those cows were given names. Unlike the names you might give a cat or a dog, and unlike even the names you might give a cow (only Bess comes to mind), they named those cows with their purpose in mind. Those poor animals were named Filet Mignon, T-Bone, Sirloin, and such like. Wise parents. They taught their kids that as cute as you might think little Prime Cut is now, don’t forget, one day that cow is going to be on your dinner plate.
React: Jesus came to this earth with one purpose in mind. He came for my redemption. He came for your redemption. From the moment he drew his first breath in that barn, he had an appointment with the cross. You can see this how when he is asked to perform a miracle and when he is warned of danger he says, “My hour has not come” but on entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and multiple times just before his crucifixion he says, “The hour has come.” He knew his purpose. He knew that His blood needed to be shed so that my sins can be forgiven.
God, I thank You for the cross. I thank You that You were willing to come and to suffer and to die. That You shed Your blood… for me. Don’t let the power of that simple fact, the fact that the Creator of the universe willingly stepped up to that cross for me, ever lose its impact. Help me to live a life of gratitude for You.
This is a devotional created by and for Two Rivers Assembly.