Sunday, August 1, 2021

Matthew 27:26 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 27:26

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.


The Holy Spirit showed me a way to read this the other day that drove the point home, much like the nails were driven into our Savior on this day many years ago. Take out Barabbas’ name and insert your own:


“Then he released Stephen to them. But he had Jesus flogged and handed Him over to be crucified.”


It fills my heart with such a range of emotions, and all I can say is thank you, King Jesus, and Praise the Lamb of God!!! I encourage and challenge you to do the same and read it out loud. Let yourself hear the reality of what was done for you so many years ago. This wasn’t a feel-good experience but rather a painful, shameful, criminal’s death given to our Perfect Savior and Lord! He took our place. He bore our shame. He made all our wrongs right by covering them with His blood!


We rejoice in what was done for us, but I also want us to remember how much it cost Him and how He did it for us! Our destiny was death. Our home should have been Hell, but because Christ conquered on the Cross, our sins have been forgiven! We are made righteous through His sacrifice. It’s not by anything we have done or could ever hope to attain but His humble surrender and bold bearing of our sins that set us free!


I will leave you with this picture the Holy Spirit just reminded me of: The Trinity is in Heaven, and Jesus is asking the Father, “Can I go now? Is it time? How about now? Can I make the way and bridge the gap yet?” Finally, God says it’s time, and Christ doesn’t hesitate but comes to earth with love in His heart and the goal of reconciling the lost to His Father in Heaven, and thankfully, I can say I’m one of those redeemed children of God! How about you?


John 19:30 - When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.


God bless! I love you all, but He loves you more, and He proved it on the Cross! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ the Perfect Lamb of God, and the Holy Spirit!




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