Sunday, March 29, 2015
What do you do when you have been sentenced to death?
In the gospel of John chapter 19 verse 1-42 through chapter 20 verse 1-7, we find the account of the Lord’s death sentence. Our daily devotion this week explores the many lessons taught to us by Christ at a time of great challenge and triumph.
So what is a death sentence?
- It is the opinion of others related to your future.
- It is given only to those without hope or help.
- It is a statement that says everyone who matters agrees with the idea of your demise.
- It is accompanied by unpleasant reality.
The events leading to Christ crucifixion give us insight into our own struggles. Today we will consider two lessons from the life of Christ in John 19.
- In life there will be scars.
John 19:1. – So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.
The whip used on our Savior was designed to tear the flesh off His back; escaping horrible scars was impossible. In the same way, life’s experiences will leave us with scars from past brutality. Even now we are able to feel the pain of past injuries from broken bones and surgical procedures or from broken dreams, slashed hopes and severed ambitions. The bruises, abrasions and lacerations are a part of the complex structure of our death sentence.
- The pain of emotional despair
John 19:2 – And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…
Physical pain when relieved is often forgotten, the scars heal and little thought is given to it in many instances. But what of the emotional pain, negative opinions, failing life scripts handed down from dysfunctional families, horrible words said and deeds done that have woven together by people closest to us? These are the crowns of thorns of emotional despair placed on our heads. No extra strength pills, elixir or distracting activities can relieve this pain.
So what do you do when you enter a life season of this nature? You do what Jesus did. Go back to the garden and watch as He prays, surrenders to the will of His Father, receives strength from the angels of God (Luke 22:39-43) and presses forward in His mission in spite of the emotional anguish and pain. He knew there was much more at stake than just what He felt in the immediate. He was on an assignment with divine purpose that would impact the world forever.
My friend, take a moment and be honest with God about your pain, pray and receive the strength needed to press forward in your assignment. There are things God wants you to do that have eternal significance. Today, allow God to direct you forward in His plan and purpose for you!