Because today’s story is the greatest one in history, any other story would pale in comparison. Therefore, His is the only story we will tell today.
With the greatest season of the year coming upon us, it is fitting for our thoughts to turn to the greatest expression of love the world has ever seen: Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It is also fitting for us to look today at Psalms 22, a Psalm that begins with the most anguished cry in human history: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” (Psalms 22:1 NIV).
Who would have ever imagined that Jesus, God’s favored Son, would be crucified?
As absurd as it may have sounded to the ears of humanity, the angels knew what would happen well in advance, for our Heavenly Father had planned this very event since before the foundation of the Earth: “…in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…” (Titus 1:2 NIV)…
Of course, if God knew this, then so did Jesus, for as Jesus, Himself said: “All things have been committed to me by my Father.” (Matt. 11:27 NIV). And this means that before coming to this Earth, Jesus knew He would be crucified by evil men.
If Jesus knew, then He also had a choice. I don’t know about you, but faced with certain torture and death, my personal tendency would have been to run the other way! Not Jesus. He chose crucifixion.
Why would He make such a difficult choice?
There is only one person who can save, and that is Jesus: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6 NIV). This means that despite the fact that Jesus was perfect, completely without sin (“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21 NIV), He chose the cross.
As we read through Psalms 22, we begin to feel the anguish that Jesus went through as He hung on the cross, bearing the punishment that each of us should be carrying ourselves, and we begin to understand just how wide, long, high and deep His love for us truly runs:
“My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. ‘He trusts in the Lord,’ they say, ‘let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.’” (Psalms 22:2-8 NIV)
That’s love! That’s Jesus!
What if Jesus hadn’t gone through with the crucifixion?
No one in all of humanity would have ever been saved!
It is very interesting to see that this entire horrible scenario was recorded in Scripture… about 600 years before it happened! God didn’t want to leave anyone with questions as to the true identity of the Savior, so He told the world through the Psalmist.
Naturally, some don’t care. These were the ones who mocked Jesus, despite the fact that He was the healer of mankind, the Savior of the world. In this world, everyone prefers to rely on themselves. We don’t need anyone! Meanwhile, Jesus is calling to each of us to accept His sacrifice, the same one that was recorded in Scripture 600 years before it would happen, so that we can all be saved. He truly loves us that much!
Jesus did it all for us, but in order to benefit from this ultimate sacrifice, we have to accept it. We have to say “yes” to Jesus, for when we do, our sins are removed from us as far as the east is from the west (See Psalms 103:12). That means that when we accept His sacrifice made to pay for our sins, we are no longer doomed. We are saved!
Today’s Jesus is Your Saviour. Will you listen to Him? Will you answer the Saviour’s Call today? You can do so in one of three ways:
1. You can view our Salvation video;
2. You can visit our Savior’s Call webpage, available in 10 different languages;
3. Or you can email us, and we’ll be happy to help you accept Jesus into your heart!
Don’t wait! Do it today!
In His love,
(To access the entire “The Sling for God” devotional series, please click here.)