It’s Good Friday and today marks the day our Savior willingly chose to give Himself up for us! All of us, or one of us, Jesus died on the cross so we could have the opportunity for redemption. A love that holds that much immeasurable depth truly boggles my mind because in my broken, human state I’m so incapable of loving like that. With Christ’s Spirit in me, I still have trouble surrendering to that kind of love sometimes.
Peter shows that very example of humanness and struggle too.
We all know about Peter denying Jesus not once, but three times before the crucifixion. How could he? How could we? In our daily lives we are constantly faced with circumstances that call our faith to the carpet. Do we stand firm or do we waiver when we know better?
Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.”
As Christians, I don’t think any of us like to think about how we might intentionally deny Jesus, but given the right circumstances, none of us are exempt.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
That’s what makes the work on the cross even more mysterious to me. The mystery of Christ runs so deep and countercultural I’m taken aback at how my best days are still filthy revealing my significant need for a redemptive Savior.
Last night, my husband and I were chatting about different people in our lives that ask for prayer over their various circumstances. Interestingly, the circumstances in which they choose to live are often laced with intentional sin. Sin that our culture would have us dismiss as no big deal. Wrestling with how to pray for those people can be challenging. Processing how to pray for people who ultimately want God to bless their sinful mess is tough. But then, I stop and recognize how subtle this can be in all of our lives. It’s the big stuff that sticks out so obviously, but we are all one poor choice away from denying Jesus on some level.
Thank you Jesus for enduring the pain and humiliation of the cross, for ME. Thank you for going in my stead because your love runs so deep, for ME. You have a compassion and love for ME that would NOT stop you from going all the way to the finish of that cruel, cruel cross, just for ME. He did it for YOU too!