A teacher at a marriage seminar told the couples to take one of his wooden crosses and hang it in the room where they fight the most and it will remind them of the love of Christ. A woman came up to him after the seminar and said, “You better give me five.” In truth, the cross is an excellent reminder!
In Genesis, we find the story of Joseph. A man betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery. Many years later, when his brothers came to see him in Egypt, Joseph made a remarkable statement of faith saying, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good... to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20) In like manner when Jesus was led away to die, men meant to accomplish one thing, but God accomplished another.
They led Him away to be our Savior. Those behind the crucifixion thought Jesus to be a sinner (John 9:24) and worthy of death. In truth, Jesus was free from sin and became the perfect sacrifice upon the cross for our sins (II Corinthians 5:21). The hands of men were used as a tool to provide a perfect Savior.
They led Him away as the Father in heaven watched. The Father watched as Jesus was born in the manger, He watched as Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, He watched as Jesus resisted temptation in the wilderness, He watched as Jesus performed His might works, He watched as Jesus was led away to be crucified! Did you know that the Father is still watching today? He sees the indifference, the apathy, the greed, the worldliness and He is calling us to remember what happened on Golgotha where His Son died for our sins.
Those who have come to Christ, but have been unfaithful should come home. It’s where you belong. If you have never come to Christ, you should realize how much the Father loves you and obey the gospel of the blessed Savior. The day that the Father let them lead His Son away, He was thinking of you!
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