The Just Died for the Unjust

On a hill, far away, stood an old ragged cross – the emblem of suffering and shame. But I love that old Cross, where the dearest and blest, for a world of lost sinners was slain. This day, I want to ask you how much you love that Old Cross. Today as we celebrate Good Friday and remember that precious sacrifice made for our sins, spend some time and reflect on the kind of love with which God has loved us.

While you do that, reflect also on the passion story according to John and associate with the characters in there. Which of them can you identify yourself with? But contemplate more importantly on the main character of the passion scenes: Jesus. See how the perfect innocence was unjustly condemned, arrested and tried at night by the Jews, which is against their trial procedure. Pilate, who said he has power to free Him and to condemn Him, said three times, “I find no guilt in him”, yet he handed Him over to be crucified.

Do you think you get treated unfairly and your challenges are too much? Well, have a rethink after today, for it is nothing compared to the unfairness meted out to Jesus. And when you are tempted to ask the question “Why me, Lord?” rather pray for strength to endure, because your saviour went through worse.

Think of the number of times Jesus had to fall and see whether you have any cause to resign into self-pity or despair because of the sheer number of our failings. Sometimes we delude ourselves that we have become strong and beyond falling. Even when we do not have the strength to rise and pray, let’s keep desiring for it and humbly and tranquilly rest in God’s love and forgiveness instead of our human strength.

We also have to keep relying on God’s wisdom to guide us in our walk with Him. See how Peter denies Jesus to save his skin, Pilate hands over Jesus to save his position, etc. There will come a time in our lives where, like Peter or Pilate or the rest of the disciples, we will have to decide where we stand – to go all out for the truth or save our skin or position or friendship, etc. Pray for strength so that when that day come we will not fall to the test.
(Is. 52:13-53:12; Ps. 31; Heb. 4:14-16,5:7-9; Jn. 18:1-19:42)


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