Friday, July 31, 2020
Today is Your Best Day Because of the Cross
Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. -Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
Was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ His worst day or His best day? From a human perspective everything about the cross looked like His worst day. His beaten body, the pain of the nails being driven into His hands and feet, the agony of hanging from beams of wood, His blood being poured out upon the ground—all of these point to failure and defeat if we do not understand the reason for His suffering. The events that preceded the cross only heighten the sense of His failure to the onlooker—the betrayal, the false witness brought against Him, the illegal trial, the mockery, the shame, the spitting, the pulling out of His beard, the lashing of His flesh, the crown of thorns.
From a divine perspective and from a believer's perspective the crucifixion, with all its horror, was Jesus' best day. It was His best day because prophetically this truly was the "day that the Lord had made." This was the day the Father had planned when He sent His only begotten Son into the world. All of Jesus' life on earth pointed to this day. This day was known before He was conceived in Mary's womb by the Holy Spirit, for it was at that time that Mary heard these words, "You shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins."
The Bible tells us that Jesus endured the cross, despising its shame, for the joy that He knew would be His. It was Jesus' best day because He could say, "It is finished"; because He would receive the reward of His suffering; because He destroyed the works of the devil; because He redeemed us back to God; because He glorified His Father.
Jesus' death on the cross has also made it possible for this day to be your best day. He took your sins upon Himself so that you could be forgiven; so that you could receive eternal life; so that you could be justified; so that you could have peace with God; so that you could be His bride, so that you could know Him, love Him, and serve Him; so that you could carry the hope of heaven in your heart today.
Because of Jesus Today is Your Best Day
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