Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
He Suffered for You
Isaiah 52:14Amplified Bible (AMP)
Just as many were astonished and appalled at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form [marred] more than the sons of men.
When Jesus Christ was on the Cross, His blood draining the life from His body, He knew what it was like to be alone and wracked with pain. But Jesus’ pain was far more than just physical pain, for He was suffering God’s judgment on all the sins of the ages—the greatest darkness of the soul ever known. As the divine Son of God, He was perfect, without sin. But all our sins were placed on Him, and He took the judgment and Hell we alone deserve. He died in our place.
Why did Jesus suffer? For you. For me. That we might have eternal life and have peace in the midst of life’s storms. That we might know that He understands our pain and suffering and stands ready to help.
Why did Jesus suffer? Because God loves us. Because God loves you, and Christ willingly went to the Cross for you. There was no other way for sin’s penalty to be paid, and for us to be redeemed. The Cross is the measure of God’s love for us.
How will you respond to His love, poured out on the Cross for you?