The Collision of God and Sin (Holy Week Devotional - Saturday)
Holy Week Devotional - Saturday
The Collision of God and Sin
READ (Matthew 27:45-56)
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
CONSIDER (From My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)
The cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross—He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right-standing relationship with God. He made redemption the foundation of human life; that is, He made a way for every person to have fellowship with God. The Cross was not something that happened to Jesus— He came to die; the Cross was His purpose in coming. He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). The incarnation of Christ would have no meaning without the Cross. Beware of separating “God was manifested in the flesh . . .” from “. . . He made Him . . . to be sin for us . . .” (1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21). The purpose of the incarnation was redemption. God came in the flesh to take sin away, not to accomplish something for Himself. The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both.
The Cross is not the cross of a man, but the Cross of God, and it can never be fully comprehended through human experience. The Cross is God exhibiting His nature. It is the gate through which any and every individual can enter into oneness with God. But it is not a gate we pass right through; it is one where we abide in the life that is found there. The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.
Consider fasting from all meals today and only drink water.
Take time to wait in the presence of God. Sit in his word. Listen for his voice. Pray for his help and comfort because he hears you.
A long time ago, people had to go to a big temple if they wanted to worship God. They couldn’t even do it by themselves; they had to have priests and other leaders talk to God for them. There was a curtain in between them and God and they could only see a tiny part of Him. But, on the day that Jesus died, the curtain was torn and now we can talk to God and worship Him whenever we want! Did you know that you can worship God whenever you want?
To symbolize the idea of being separated from God in worship, you could have one child stand on the inside of a door, and another on the outside. Have them try to communicate with one another, and talk about how difficult it is. Then, open the door and show them how much easier it is to talk with someone when we have direct access to them!
EASTER OUTING FOR FAMILES (TODAY 10:30AM – 12PM)
Join our group for a special Easter family outing at Granville Island's False Creek Community Centre (1318 Cartwright Street). EGGstra fun includes a continental style brunch, games, crafts, family entertainment and an Easter Egg Hunt. Space is limited and registration must be done in advance in-person or by phone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5/person. 10:30am - 12pm. Registration information is here: http://bit.ly/2ml4bGL