On occasion, reading about the crucifixion in one of the four gospels incites strong emotion. Sometimes I tend to side with Peter, when after Jesus tells his disciples how He must die, Peter says “Never, Lord!” But we know how Jesus responded to that.
“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?’ When some of those standing there heard this, they said, ‘He’s calling Elijah.’ Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.’
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matthew 27: 45-51.
Jesus suffered a horrible death. But when He died on the cross, we didn’t lose Him, we gained Him and all Heaven. Indeed the curtain of the temple is torn, and we have complete access to God the Father.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'” John 11:25-26
Dear Lord, thank You for sending Jesus into the world that we may live. Amen.