Greatest act of genuine love

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 18, 2018

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Jesus could have saved himself, but he endured this suffering because of his love for us. He could have chosen not to take the pain and humiliation and killed those who mocked him. But he suffered through it all because he loved even his enemies. We had a significant part in the drama that afternoon because our sins were on the cross, too. Jesus died on that cross for us, and the penalty for our sins was paid by his death. The only adequate response we can make is to confess our sins and gratefully accept the fact that Jesus paid for them so we wouldn’t have to. Don’t insult God with indifference toward the greatest act of genuine love in history. (NLT)

Mark 15:22-32 – And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Hill). They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it. Then they nailed him to the cross. They gambled for his clothes, throwing dice to decide who would get them.

It was nine o’clock in the morning when the crucifixion took place. A signboard was fastened to the cross above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: “The King of the Jews.” Two criminals were crucified with him, their crosses on either side of his. And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You can destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days, can you? Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus.   “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the two criminals who were being crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16 (NIV)

Here is a portion of Grace A. Epperson’s (Michigan) story:

“. . . When my great-grandmother would encourage me to walk into town, I was frightened that I would not be able to find my way back. But she told me that if I would just stand in front of the store’s big window and look up the hill, I would be able to see her house and that she would be there.

“. . . We are in the season of Lent. During this journey, we start to look toward another hill, one known as Golgotha. We will once again remember the Last Supper, the trial, and the Crucifixion, but then Easter Sunday will come. When I am lost, confused, or frightened, I look toward that hill and know that I can find salvation there. Christ loves us so much that he suffered and laid down his life on that hill. . . . Christ is waiting, ready to welcome all of us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christ waits for me with great love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us to look toward that hill where we find our salvation. Help us to reach out to others with your love and to lead them to you. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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