New King James Version
28 After this, Jesus,]knowing that all things were now accomplished, )that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Imagine owing a debt that you can’t repay and the penalty for not paying is your life. You can’t avoid the debt because it is something that you were born into. It was passed down from generation to generation and it is now your time to repay. But imagine a little bit more if you will and see someone who did absolutely nothing wrong taking on your debt, thus relieving not only you of that burden but generations to come. What a relief right?
This is exactly what Jesus did. We were condemned to die but he died in our stead. We should have been the ones on the cross but he died so that we can live. The scripture chronicles a part of Jesus’ experience on the cross. As we reflect on what Jesus did for us this Good Friday let us give him thanks for the ultimate sacrifice. He was bruised, beaten and killed so we didn’t have to experience that.
Prayer: Dear Lord, how can we ever thank You enough? You endured more pain, more shame, more sorrow, more grief than we can possibly fathom. Help us to remember why You gave Your life. Because of love. Because of mercy. Because we desperately need them both. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.