Today's reading

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 NIV

March 29, 2024

All for You

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 NIV

As believers we know that Jesus died for our sins, but do we truly comprehend what that entails? The movie, The Passion of the Christ, is considered a bloody and violent movie. However, it was quite factual when compared to the retelling of Jesus’ last days as noted in the Bible and in historical records. The real crucifixion might have even been much worse than was portrayed on the screen. Jesus endured scourging, experiencing great pain and suffering, and His body was devastated (see Matthew 27:26). He then had to drag His wooden cross to the site of His crucifixion in a weakened and broken body. When Jesus could no longer carry the burden, Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry the cross for Him (see Luke 23:26). Almost 800 years earlier, the prophet Isaiah predicted the torment Jesus would receive as recorded in Isaiah 53:5 (NIV), “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Why? Why did God allow this, and why would Jesus endure it? Because He loves you. Jesus took the punishment for our sins so that we may be forgiven. He endured the cross so that we might have life. This Easter weekend, think about the depth of His suffering—it was all for you. Remember the words of an old hymn and now a current worship song: “Amazing love, how can it be? That You, my King, would die for me.” 

prayer focuses

Father, forgive us for forgetting all that You have done to redeem us. Jesus endured great suffering because of our sin, we are grateful for such great love! Thank You, Jesus.

Father, You turned Your back on Jesus for a moment that You might embrace us for eternity. The penalty for sin has been paid. We are forgiven by grace, and it is finished. Amen.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.