Christ Took Our Punishment

John 19:16-37

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation …” (Colossians 1:22)

We learn from Genesis that Adam and Eve’s disobedience led to their ultimate death; consequently, sin’s curse will be the death of us all. The Apostle Paul in the book of Romans reminded the early church that sin caused our relationship with God to be broken and that judgement and punishment were necessary to uphold God’s law. The sobering truth is that all of us fall short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23) and the appropriate punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23).

The beautiful, yet mysterious paradox is that it was Jesus’ obedience that led to His death. In his letter to the believers in Philippi, Paul proclaimed that Jesus became obedient to death, “even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). It is only through trusting in Christ’s perfect sacrifice that we can know God’s forgiveness and have our relationship with Him restored. “We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins.” (Romans 3:22, NLT)

Give thanks for His ultimate act to restore our souls.

As a result of Christ’s sacrifice we are made holy and blameless and can stand before God without a single fault. hallelujah!

Anchor Devotional

Let the love of God and the sacrifice of Christ inspire, encourage and motivate you to show love and compassion towards others.  If you are harboring any bitterness toward someone who has hurt you,  ask God to remove it and replace it with forgiveness.  Let Jesus who forgave His enemies while He hung on the cross inspire and help you to do what might seem impossible at the moment. 

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