Daily Devotional

Luke 23:47

Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”

Only one of Jesus’ disciples was with Him at the cross: John, along with several women who followed Him and His mother. The Roman centurion was the one to verbalize what they must have been feeling: Jesus’ death was unfair. And yet, even though Jesus didn’t deserve death, God was still in control. Jesus “emptied HIMSELF of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant” Philippians 2:7 (TPT). Jesus chose the cross because of His great love for all of humanity. He could have come down from the cross at any time! But He did not want to be separated from you for eternity because of your sin. He had to do it. It seemed unfair, but He saw the bigger picture that His disciples and followers couldn’t see.

How have you felt the seeming “unfairness” of our world, not just as it relates to COVID-19? What does Jesus’ choice to suffer on the cross for us tell us about our own suffering? (Read Revelation 21). What comfort does this passage give you in the midst of suffering?

Write a short letter of encouragement to someone you know who is struggling today—physically or emotionally. You may not feel the motivation to do so and wish someone would do this for you but start the wave of encouragement. Be the catalyst that lifts hearts off their phones and up to Jesus in this dark time.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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