SEEK DAILY (NBC) DEVOTIONAL FOR APRIL 16, 2022 (ALL BECAUSE OF ME)
“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!’” Matthew 27:39-40, NIV
A woman had a scary look that made people avoid her. One day, her daughter brought few friends home from school, her friends were scared of her mother. The friends derided the girl, and she felt ashamed. On getting home, she shamefully asked her mother why she looks like a monster.
The mother told her: “When you were ten months old, fire caught our house while you alone were sleeping in the room. Against people’s advice, I ran into the inferno to rescue you alive but I came out badly burnt. This look is because of you.”
People hurled insults on Jesus Christ while He hanged on the cross. They took Him for a helpless criminal; they thought He was a victim. But they were wrong. Jesus Christ chose to suffer for sins He didn’t commit. He surrendered Himself to be beaten and molested by cruel people so we all can be saved.
He gave up Himself to be crucified to the rugged cross because of your sins and my sins. The daughter of the scary mother had a change of mind when she was told the reason her mother’s face was badly scarred. What are you given up to follow Christ? Bear in mind that Christ gave it all up for us, so we all can be saved.
Insight: Christ is not pleased anytime you fall into sin and compromise with sinners.
Prayer: God, renew your Holy Spirit in my heart and let Your love conquer my heart.
RBT Passage: 1 Kings 19-20