“All the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children”.
After Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed by Judas, abandoned by His disciples and denied by Peter.
Then He was brought before Herod to be judged. Herod sent Him to Pilot, but Pilot couldn’t find a reason for a death penalty.
It came down to the people and the people demanded that Jesus be crucified and the murderer, Barabas, be released to them.
Unfair, unjust, unreasonable are just three words that come to mind. He did nothing to deserve a penalty of death.
The crowd shouted: “His blood be on us and on our children.”
He must have stood there marveling as He heard the crowd cry out for His death, knowing that He was going to bear their judgment physically, spiritually….literally.
Now their cry has become mine: “His blood be on us and on our children”, not the blood of judgment but the blood of forgiveness.
While Jesus was on the cross, He drank deep from the cup of God’s fury against our sin so that you and I could drink deep of the cup of forgiveness. He took our judgment so we could be pardoned for all eternity.
Now their cry has become mine: “His blood be on us and on our children”, not the blood of judgment but the blood of His amazing love and forgiveness.
If you don’t know how much Jesus loves you, look at the cross – the proof lies lifeless there.
I want to remind you that you have a place of refuge in Christ.
He is like a fortress of strength to love from.
He is a tower of trust to give from.
Live from the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done for you on the cross.
You are restored and redeemed.
You are accepted and forgiven.
You are cherished and loved.
When the strong sun of adversity beats down, rest in Shaddai’s shadow. Tuck yourself into His side and remind yourself whose you are.
“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this:‘GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!’ That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.”
Psalm 91:1-5 MSG
When fear screams the loudest, run to the refuge of the cross. Jesus died for you so that you could have this: an unhindered relationship with your Father in heaven who has strong arms and strong love.
“A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in GOD brings a sense of well- being.”
Proverbs 28:25 MSG
The original Hebrew word used for “trust” in the verse above means “secure”.
Security that is found in the love of God.
Spend some time in the presence of Jesus. You will find more peace in worshipping God than you ever will by focusing on yourself and what you lack.
You do not need more of you (or a better you, a better relationship or more stuff) to be more secure- you need more of God.
You are His precious child. That doesn’t mean life’s journey will be easy, it means that He will supply you with what you need to live it.
You can stop trying to feel secure in who you are and embrace the reality of “whose” you are. Your identity comes from Jesus, not your family or lack thereof, not from your accomplishments or shortcomings, not from your success or failures but from Him.
My prayer for you today is that you unfurl the grasping grip of insecurity and lift them up in worship to God. May you worship Him for who He is and be reminded whose you are.
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” –1 Timothy 1:16 NIV
If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, know that you are who Jesus came for.
Run to Him.
His arms are open.
He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.
This is not about being a perfect Christian, it is about letting Him love you when you feel like you are at your darkest.