Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Crux of the Matter

Focus verses: Psalm 22:15-18

In today's reading we see one of the most vivid foreshadowings of the Messiah in scripture.

These four verses seem to bring us to the foot of the cross of Jesus. I am poured out like water. He has become our drink offering, poured out for our sins.

We are taken through the physical traumas that the Lord experienced on the cross, through the throngs of evil men around Him, clear to the casting of lots for his garments.

God gave David a vision, the words of this psalm. A picture of our salvation.

Our salvation was sealed at the foot of the cross of Christ. Without it, we have no offering to God. Jesus became our sin offering so that we could come to God without any other mediator. It is through Jesus, and Jesus only, that we can come to the Father with the assurance that He sees us only through the saving blood of Christ.

Father, God,

Help us to remember the price of our redemption. Make us mindful of the enormity of Your love for us and the sacrifice of Jesus. Keep us humble and unassuming when we come to You with our prayers.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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