Surely He is the Son of God

Lauren and Jackson hold black paper representing their sin.

Lauren and Jackson hold black paper representing their sin.

Our sin weighed so heavily on Jesus, the land became dark for three hours. From noon to 3 p.m., Jesus redeemed every sin, paid the penalty for all wrong and made a way for each person to find freedom. Our Savior didn’t make the first payment and put the rest on us, He paid the ransom in full. Every sin we have ever committed or will ever commit was covered by the precious blood of Jesus. When Jesus cried, “It is finished!”, we can believe Him! Even the centurion charged with Jesus’ execution was cut to the core after witnessing the way in which Jesus died as the earth shook, crying out, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Today as we talked about Jesus’ death and burial, we considered how Jesus paid for our mistakes, our wrong choices, our stubbornness, our willful disobedience, our pride, our sin. Yet, when we look to the cross and ask for forgiveness, we receive the freedom He secured through His death.

We took and tore pieces of black construction paper that represented our sin, and prayed for God to clean us, thanking Him for destroying sin’s grip on our lives at the cross. Then, we went out to our burn pile, and set our sin on fire. The flames made our “sin” disappear, just as when we our forgiven, our sins are separated from us forever.

Read about Jesus’ death and burial in Matthew 27:45-54, 57-61.

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Jackson places his "sin" in the flames of the burn pile. He got a little too close for this mama's comfort! Like father, like son. :)

Jackson places his “sin” in the flames of the burn pile. He got a little too close for this mama’s comfort! Like father, like son. 🙂

Thankful: God came to serve

Whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life–a ransom for many.

– Mark 10:44

Today, I am thankful that God did not send His Son into the world to be served, but to serve.

Jesus showed us what it means to serve, to freely display love through action. The night before He would carry the cross through Jerusalem’s streets, Jesus took on the form of a slave to preview the extent He was willing to go to redeem mankind.

Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into His hands, that He had come from God, and that He was going back to God. So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel and tied it around Himself. Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.

– John 13:3-5

Jesus humbled Himself to show His disciples, and us, that love means serving. It requires us to set aside our wants and desires to meet the needs of others. God knew our desperate state. He understood that our lives needed to be cleaned, and we could only be made right with God by His Son making the way through sacrifice. Jesus did not come to demand our worship and praise, though that is what He deserved as the Lord of Lords. He came to serve and give His life as a ransom, to purchase our freedom from sin.

So even with all the power and rightful authority He possessed, Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist and began, one by one, to wash His disciple’s feet during their last Passover together. With the cross before Him, Jesus spent some of His last treasured moments with His friends knelt down before them, removing their sandals and wiping off the dirt.

God’s example to us in the Upper Room is also our challenge.

You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.

– John 13:14-15