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Friday, March 21, 2008

Reflecting on Jesus' Death

The apostle Paul regarded Jesus’ death on the cross as a selfless act. “The Lord Jesus Christ,” he told the Galatians, “gave himself for our sins” (Gal. 1:4). As millions of worshipers reflect today—Good Friday—on the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins, we who know Him as Savior should also serve Him as Lord.

Isaac Watts captured this sentiment perfectly in his hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Contemplating what Jesus suffered for us, he wrote:

“Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”

We can look back at Calvary through the open tomb, and thank God for the gift of His Son. We can also look forward to our first day in Heaven, when we thank our risen Savior and Lord in person for dying for us. And until then, we can show a thankful heart by living each day in accordance with His will.

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