From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Matthew 16:21
In order to better appreciate what Jesus did on the cross, let me take some time and show you the sufferings He went through. The thought of being separated from the Father made him sad to the point that His sweat were like drops of blood in the garden of Gethsemane. For that to happen to a human being, the person must be in terrible levels of pain and emotional stress. Then His disciple and friend led His enemies to Him and betrayed Him; His disciples ran away and abandoned Him to the point that Peter denied Him thrice in public; the people He performed miracles for and blessed rejected Him and chose a condemned criminal instead; then they chose the death of a criminal for Him when they shouted “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” but that was the beginning of His troubles. A whole Jesus was spat on, his beard was pulled, crown of thorns was placed on his head which injured him and made blood flow down His face; the people mocked Him; then he was flogged, not with ordinary whip but a whip that had sharp lead metals at the tips so when they flogged Him, they would draw it and shred his skin; He bled; He was in pain; then they made Him carry a heavy cross by Himself to Golgotha; He had taken so much beaten and lost blood that He was weak and it took another man to carry His cross the rest of the way; on the cross, they drove nails through His hands and legs; these were big nails because they had to be strong enough to hold a human being hanging on a cross for a long time; then they gave Him spoilt vinegar which was what was used to preserve dead bodies in those days; hmmm…let me stop here; then He gave up the ghost.
The point of this discourse is so you would know that this gospel is free but it is not cheap. Jesus paid a very painful price to make the gospel possible. Early Christians and Apostles were persecuted and gruesomely murdered (I will not go into details of these). Even today, believers are still being murdered in certain places for professing Christ. Beloved, how serious are you with this gospel? If you are yet to accept Christ, what are you waiting for? Are you born again and are still living anyhow? What are your inputs in the spreading of this gospel? Sit up and don’t let the passion of Christ be in vain.
Luke 23:1-49, 2 Corinthians 11:24-33
Restored back to life
During a service, daddy Larry dashed me oil of gladness and blood of Jesus after praying for me. I went home with them and prayed with them. Some days later, my uncle who was a tapper fell from the tree and died. When I heard about it, I rushed with my oil and blood and prayed for him, rubbed it on him and sprinkled it in his mouth. To the glory of God, he came back to life. He is hale and hearty today.
[Spend some time and worship God. Thank Him for all He has done.]
1. O Lord, let the full weight of Your sacrifice dawn on me that I may value the salvation You have given me. Amen
2. Father, in any way I have taken the gospel for granted, I ask for mercy in Jesus name. Father, give me the grace to live a life worthy of the gospel in Jesus name.
3. Father, open my eyes to see my inheritances in Christ in Jesus name. May the sufferings of Jesus not be in vain in my life in the mighty name of Jesus.
4. By the power and authority I have in Christ, I command every benefit of the death and resurrection of Jesus to begin to manifest in every area of my life, family and church in Jesus name.
5. I speak overwhelming joy into every area of my life and family in Jesus name.
[Raise other prayer points as you are led]