This week we are taking a break from our study in Acts, to focus on the Cross. What it cost Jesus. The depth of His commitment, and its power in your life. Take some time to read the devotionals carefully and thoughtfully. Let the memory and the ministry of the Cross reignite a deeper devotion to the Lord Jesus. Please share them with others by reposting them in their entirety or by quoting the sections that spoke to you.
“For the Lord God helps me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be ashamed.” Isaiah 50:7
The hour had come. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, was now to be slain before the eyes of the world. Herod and Pilate, with the religious leaders, all conspired to put the Son of God to death.
Though the voices and vision of the prophets before God had been foretelling that this hour would come, and He has been directing the world towards the Cross for thousands of years, Calvary is the pivot point of the world’s history. All things before it pointed to it. All things after it pointed back to it. Even the future rests upon it, for the multitudes of angels and saints in heaven find the Cross at the center of eternity, as we worship the Lamb in the midst of the throne as having been slain.
Hundreds of years before Jesus was led to Calvary, the prophet Isaiah gave a foreshadowing of the Cross. He painted a word picture so distinct and unique, that only blinded hearts could miss it.
Through the prophet Isaiah, the Spirit of God set a flood light upon Calvary. He depicted the pathway to the Cross, its atoning sacrifice, its fruit, so that all who knew the scripture of the prophets were without excuse as they drove the nails through the innocent hands of the Savior.
His face and His body was marred. More than any other, Jesus endured the shame. He gave His back to be scourged. He gave His face where they ripped out His beard. He set His face like flint.
He followed God’s orders. He stood there and took it while they beat Him. He held steady, He didn’t dodge their insults. He was confident that His heavenly Father was right there with Him. He hid not His face, though we hide our face from Him. Jesus was obedient to the task God called Him to finish. So let’s stand with Him, confident we will never regret it.
How does knowing the Cross was God’s first plan of action to win us back, change how you see Jesus?