This morning during “Coffee with the Lord” I read again Luke’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus (Luke 23:26-49). It always deeply moves me! Here’s a few excerpts…
“And as they led Him away … And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide His garments. And the people stood by watching, but the rulers scoffed at him… The soldiers also mocked him… One of the criminals (who was crucified with Him) railed at Him… Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this He breathed His last. And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.” (From Luke 23:26-49)
“As I read this today an old gospel song came to mind (haven’t heard the words in a long while). They seemed to capture what I was feeling… (Read the words slowly and thoughtfully)
It was his love for me that nailed him to the tree,
To die in agony for all my sin.
For my own guilt and blame the great Redeemer came,
Willing to bear the shame of all my sin.
To Calvary’s hill one day the Lord was led away;
None else the price could pay for all my sin.
He on the cross was slain, yielding his life in pain;
He felt the bitter stain of all my sin.
Was ever love so strong, was ever crime so wrong,
When Jesus suffered long for all my sin?
He saw my greatest need, became my Friend indeed,
Through him I have been freed of all my sin!
Oh, what a Savior is mine!
In him God’s mercies combine!
His love can never decline!
And he loves me!!”