Thursday 15 September 2022
(Mark 15:34) And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The suffering of Christ birthed tremendous benefits to mankind. It provided the best gift from Divinity to humanity, in other words, it established a free gift of salvation to mankind (Ephesians 2:5-8). Christ made the ultimate self-sacrifice for mankind. He endured both physical and spiritual pain while He was on earth in order for man to enjoy mouthwatering benefits arising from His suffering. Christ suffering on the cross granted us the privilege to experience the genuine forgiveness of sin. His suffering terminated the condemnation that percolate from the camp of the enemy (Romans 8:1-2). His suffering gave us unhindered access to the throne of mercy. It also established us on the podium of Grace.
Christ suffering validated man’s faith in God. His suffering gave us the ample opportunity to be reconciled with God. It brought humanity into unionism with Divinity. Christ suffering parted the wall of separation that hindered man from having direct access to God and created a scintillating relationship between God and man. Christ suffering enabled God to justify us without works, His suffering translated man from the podium of sin to the platform of righteousness. His suffering erased the iniquities of humanity in other words, His suffering acquitted man from the charges levelled against us by Satan through the channel of sin. His suffering made us sinless in a legal sense. His suffering granted man freedom from the shackles of the enemy.
His sacrifice on the cross nullified the Old Testament that which could not completely atone for man’s sin, in other words, His suffering secured a complete atonement for man’s sin. You are free from the guilt of sin. Beloved, beware not to make the suffering of Christ of non-effect through iniquitous life style, eschew a sinful living so that you can enjoy to the fullest the benefits of his suffering.
Meditation: Beware not to make the suffering of Christ of non-effect through iniquitous life style, eschew a sinful living so that you can enjoy to the fullest the benefits of his suffering.
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Prayer: O Lord my God, grant me the Grace for a righteousness living, so that I can enjoy the benefits of the suffering of your son, in Jesus name. Amen.
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