“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)
Staring through the window at the snow-covered landscape reminds me of the righteousness of Jesus. He has washed us whiter than snow and cast our sins as far as the east is from the west. His blanket of holiness and righteousness covers all of our sins—past, present and future. And one day, all who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior will be able to stand blameless before God—not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus did for us.
Every day is Good Friday when we remember the enormous price Jesus paid for our salvation; He paid it all with His life.
At times, shame overwhelms me when I picture Jesus nailed to the cross . . . the crown of thorns upon His head . . . the wounds upon His body . . . His life blood poured out for us. My lips begin to tremble and my eyes fill with tears. I am in awe of His unconditional love. Jesus paid for our transgressions; He paid our debt in full. And my fervent prayer is that I no longer sin against my Lord.
God poured out a cup of wrath upon Jesus so He could pour out a cup of mercy upon us.
God desires to have a relationship with each one of us—that no one should perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus is God’s final Word to a sinful world—His chosen path of redemption and reconciliation.
Father God, please surround us with the warmth of Your presence, love and mercy as we approach the Easter season.
© 2017 Amy A. Verzi