“Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”
John 19:32-34 KJV
Jesus fought and died for us on a battlefield. However, it wasn’t a battlefield like our soldiers fight on. It was a battlefield of love. Jesus loved the ones who beat Him and crucified Him. It was the bloodiest battle that has ever been fought. He was ridiculed and beaten beyond recognition and cursed.
If that wasn’t enough humiliation, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear. I believe with all my heart that when the soldier pierced the side of Jesus that He also felt that excruciating pain in His heart. O how He loves you and me! No one loves us like Jesus loves us.
Jesus left His Father and His home to come to earth to die for us. He knew that He was going to die an agonizing death but He willingly came to earth on the mission His Father had given Him. Would you send your son to war knowing in advance that he was going to be killed? Of course you wouldn’t, but God did.
Heavenly Father, thank You that one day You opened Your heart of compassion and unconditional love to us and sent Your beloved Son to die for our sins. We are not worthy of such love but through the redeeming blood of Your Son we can come to You. We love You, dear Father. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
January 22, 2018