The Cost

Devotional by Nigel Rideout (all Scripture references from the New Living Translation)

Jesus’ suffering was horrific throughout His trial, torture and crucifixion.

His suffering was physical.

Psalm 22:14–17:

14 My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me.

15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.

16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.

17 I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat.’

His suffering was emotional.

Those who were His disciples deserted Him.

Matthew 26:56b:

‘At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.’

His suffering was spiritual.

2 Corinthians 5:21:

21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.’

Jesus took the weight of the sins of the world upon Himself.

1 John 2:2:

2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.’

As Jesus bore our sin, for the first time ever, Jesus was separated from God the Father:

Matthew 27:46:

46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”’

All of this, Jesus suffered for you and me, undeserving sinners that we are. Much too often is our love cold and we are unthankful and self-centred. He loves us so much.

Romans 5:8:

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.’

What a Saviour we have!

Published by clinkevangelicalchurch

In 1976, Jim and Carol Short felt God prompt them to begin a Sunday School for their son and his friends. What they didn’t know was that God would use this initial vision and group of people to make such a difference in Frome. Since 1976, Clink Evangelical Church has helped so many people to know about Jesus and help them  in their walk with Him. As part of this vision (and our belief in the power of God’s Word), we host a variety of services / events throughout the week, including services, studies, youth groups and social events. We are an Evangelical Church afflicted with the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). Visit our Website for more information: www.clinkevangelical.co.uk

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