The Present That Keeps On Giving

18 Jul

God’s Word: Matthew 27:27-56

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Jesus chose to endure the pain on your behalf.  forgiveness giftHe had the power to disappear from the presence of those who tormented him.  It was love for mankind that kept him “in the present” to endure whatever was handed to him.  How would you respond to a crown of thorns, being mocked, spit at, and hit on the head with a stick? Before nailing him to the cross they offered him a mild pain-killer—wine and myrrh—but He refused—preferring to endure the pain as his present for mankind.

He refused the pain-killer to express His love for you.  Sacrifice carries with it a heavy price but He was willing to pay whatever it took.  As he hung on the cross, in deep agony, people walked by jeering at Him.  They mocked, saying “You saved others so why can’t you save yourself?”  He had the answers but allowed them to continue jeering—asking Me to forgive them because they didn’t “get it.”  Forgiveness—that is the present that keeps on giving. horns, being mocked, spit at, and hit on the head with a stick? Before nailing him to the cross they offered him a mild pain-killer—wine and myrrh—but He refused—preferring to endure the pain as his present for mankind.

The whole earth responded to the death of Jesus.  Darkness covered the whole earth for three hours.  There was a rock-splitting earthquake that opened tombs and believers who had died returned to life and walked into the city, appearing to many.  The captain of the guard and those with him were scared to death and stated, “This has to be the Son of God!”  No man had ever witnessed a death such as this one—a death willingly endured on others behalf and willingly calling for the forgiveness of the tormentors.  Jesus’ death purchased forgiveness—the present for all who come to Him—and will keep on giving for eternity.

God’s Question: Are you willing to forgive even your tormentors?

God’s Promise: Forgiveness is given to those who forgive.

 knee mail

My Prayer to God

I praise You for Jesus example and sacrifice for me.

I am sorry I have too often failed to forgive.

Thank You for this reminder to be a forgiver.

Help me forgive whatever another does to me.

 

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