“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again” (Matthew 20:18-19).
Today’s Morsel: Throughout scripture, Jesus told His followers consistently of His impending death at Jerusalem. But many of them missed His words because they were focused on the miracles and teachings and not what He was saying. You know that old saying, “I know you think that you understood what I said, but I’m not for sure that you understood what I meant.” The prophesies which the prophets had spoken of Him had to be fulfilled but they missed it. The Gospel, which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), had to be fulfilled for us to obtain eternal salvation and live. If He had not shed His blood and died, then we could not live. Paul told the Hebrews, “…without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). Our sins could not be remitted if Jesus, who was the all sacrificial Lamb, had not shed His blood for us. But not only did He die for us, but He also rose again after three days so that we, too, can walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-5).
Sing: He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. Surely, He bore all our sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed.
Thought For Today: Freedom is not free.