Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

“Christ Died For Us”

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

17th April 2011

In Romans 5:8 Paul says,

‘…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’.

How does this statement affect you?

Indifference?
Sorrow?
Thanksgiving?

Let’s just consider each word of the last part of this verse:

1. Christ Died For Us.

Jesus Christ, born at Bethlehem, was God in the flesh. 100% God and 100% human. (John 1:1, 14).

This was no ordinary human being who was nailed to a cross - It was God who came to us in Christ.

He claimed to be God while on earth. (John 8:24, 58), had power of God on earth. (Matthew 9:6) and is eternal with God. (John 1:1–2).

And yet He took on the nature of a servant made in human likeness (Philippians 2:6-8)

2. Christ Died For Us.

Jesus experienced an agonizing and shameful death.

He had personal agony in the garden (Luke 22:42–44), and then on the cross itself (John 19:28–30).

He was treated shamefully: Betrayed by Judas for so little; denied by Peter; mocked and abused by soldiers; illegally tried; and stripped naked in front of a gazing public.

3. Christ Died For Us.

What did His death do for us?

It gave us forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with the Father. (Hebrews 9:22, 27, 28 Romans 5:9–11).

As a result of trusting in His death we now have eternal life (John 6:53–58)

So how does this statement affect you?

Christ died for YOU, now let’s live for HIM.

Have a good week contemplating the death the death of Jesus.

Pastor Barry

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