March 28: From the Courtroom to the Cross
After the soldiers were done with Jesus, they ripped the scarlet cloth off his back and put his own clothes back on him. They then loaded him down with the instrument of his death and commanded him to walk to the place of execution, Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. This was not something that was done especially for Jesus; this was how all those who were condemned to crucifixion were treated. We know from history that on this walk He would have been surrounded by 4 soldiers to keep the crowds back and to propel him forward with the flat of their swords if need be. In front of them, another soldier would have been carrying the sign on which his charges had been painted. Jesus’ sign said, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews”. His accusers didn’t like it; they wanted it to read, “He SAID he was the King of the Jews”. But Pilate would not change it and so it stayed. (John 19)
A condemned man, sentenced to death for being exactly Who He was. The King of Glory. The King of Kings. The King of the Jews.
But the sign should have been painted with something different. It should have said, “This is Jesus, the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world”.
Or it even could have said, “This is Jesus, dying instead of Kathy Purves, Sinner”.
Because it was my sin that He carried.
My cross that He bore.
Long before I was born, He knew I would come to Him, seeking salvation. Seeking forgiveness. Seeking restoration.
And long before I was born, He made the way for that to happen. He took the beatings. The crown of thorns. The mocking, spitting and scourging. In my place. In yours. So that means John 3:16 can be read as a personal testimony with YOUR name instead of “the world” and “whoever”. For me, it says, “For God so loved Kathy that He gave His one and only Son so that if Kathy believes in Him she will not perish but will have eternal life.”
Now read it again. But this time with your name: “For God so loved ____ that He gave His one and only Son so that if _____ believes in Him she will not perish but will have eternal life.”
That is why Jesus willingly walked the road to the cross. He was unwilling to have heaven without you in it.
Adoration: Consider praying Psalm 9:1-2 back to God: “I will give thanks and praise the Lord, with all my heart; I will tell aloud all Your wonders and marvelous deeds. I will rejoice and exult in you; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”
Confession: Ask God to bring to mind any area that needs to be confessed. Agree with Him about your sin and ask for His help to walk in a different direction in this area.
Thanksgiving: Consider brainstorming and recording on a piece of paper a list of sins that you have committed. Then with the fattest red marker you can find, write on top of the list FORGIVEN. Thank Him for His amazing grace in your life!
Supplication: Pray for the church staff and volunteers as we prepare for Easter weekend. Ask God for His protection and thank Him in advance for all He will do on Sunday.