Lent: The Crucifixion (Day 38)

Read: John 18:1-19:42

Reflect: Crucifixion was the worst punishment known to man. It was so brutal that it was inappropriate to use the word in conversation. Jesus knew all the pain He was to go through, but yet He did not resist being arrested and carried to His death…

Pain is everywhere. Pain is in all souls and cannot be avoided. It’s hard to find triumph in the painful stages of life–whether it’s physical or emotional. God’s faithfulness through suffering is great and cannot be broken. In your lowest times, you can find yourself believing that God has not forgotten about you. His love for you is most powerful in your weakest of times. Rely on the resources God has given you.

My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2009. As the illness progressed, my family and many of his close friends struggled to understand the purpose of such a devastating disease. One year later, my grandfather passed away on Good Friday 2010. Losing a loved one brings a whole new type of pain to a family. It can be easy to feel as if God has forgotten about you.

Jesus is a man that is above everyone, but He lives below everyone by putting every soul before his own. He gives us the ultimate gift through the crucifixion.

He was not afraid to put pain below the love that He had for each and every one of us. Jesus knew all the pain He was to go through, but yet He did not resist being arrested and carried to his death.

Today we remember one of the most tragic days to ever pass. That pain would not only lead to a miracle, but it also saved everyone from their sins. It showed that even in the worst of times, pain can be turned to triumph and love.

Pray: God, help us to trust that no matter how difficult things are today, I can face the future with hope. Thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus as we remember the agony of His death today. Amen.