Look Forward

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, He began to tell them what was to happen to Him, 33 saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock Him and spit on Him, and flog Him and kill Him. And after three days He will rise.’” ~ Mark 10:32-34

Jesus never simply threw the disciples into the deep end without first teaching them to swim. What do I mean? Before anything took place, Jesus always warned them about it. Before He betrayed, before He was crucified, before His resurrection. Jesus always told them what was to come. And likewise, He has done the same with us.

Today on this Good Friday, let’s remember that Jesus foretold His death, but in doing so, He foretold the death of all of our sins. The moment He gave up His spirit, He took our sins with Him to the grave. In doing so He killed our sin, with His body. Let us rejoice for our sin was crucified with Christ. As it became hard for Him to breathe, He looked into the future and saw us. He saw you. He saw me. And He kept going. He could have easily called off His crucifixion at any time. He didn’t have to go through with it. He chose to go through with it. He chose to die so that our sin would die with Him. He chose the agony so that we wouldn’t have to.

So today take the time to say thank you Jesus. Because He didn’t take the easy way out when Satan offered it to Him on the mountain. He picked up His cross and He died so that you may be free today! Thank you Jesus for carrying your cross so that my cross wouldn’t be unbearable! Good Friday is a sobering day, it’s the day we remember Jesus’ death, but it is also the day we remember the death of our sin as we look forward to the resurrection of Jesus and in turn, the resurrection of our eternal lives.

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