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I am overjoyed as I read this morning’s devotion and my prayer that you are as well. We have read this story many times before and our hearts know it well. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our salvation and for that I am greatful, but will never truly know the depths of what He has done for me.
Spurgeon describes the Roman scourge as the most dreadful instrument of torture. “It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone.” My soul too, weeps at the thoughts of my savior being beaten to the ground, but rejoices in what He has done to save me from the depths of my depravity. Halleluiah!!!
If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.
“See how the patient Jesus stands, insulted in His lowest case!Sinners have bound the Almighty’s hands, and spit in their Creators face.”
“With thorns His temples gor’d and gash’d send streams of blood from every part; His back’s with knotted scourges lash’d. But sharper scourges tear His heart.”
I am deeply touched by this poem. How often to we look at our sins as spitting in our Creators face, or scourges tearing His heart. I don’t know if we do. I don’t think I look at it like that. But we should, He has done everything for us, yet we often carry on with our lives or sinful nature not realizing that we are sinning against our Creator. God has given us the gift of His son Jesus and thankfully as Christians we can call upon Him for His forgiveness of all of our sins, past, present and future. Let us remember the price that He has paid, so that we may rejoice in Him and pray that we not fall into the temptations of sinful behavior. Amen.
“With His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5