Read through Luke’s account of the crucifixion (Luke 23:26-56) and consider the weight of your sin. How do they relate? How does this make you feel?
How can you have the same hope as the second criminal of being with Jesus in paradise? Walk through the second criminal’s observations of Jesus in your own life: recognize Jesus’ righteousness, acknowledge your sin, and trust that Jesus has conquered death.
Who can you invite to celebrate Easter with you this year, encouraging them to start a relationship with Jesus? Consider bringing someone new to the Easter service or inviting them into your family’s celebration.
How will you and your family celebrate Easter?
Lord, You are the ruler of the universe. You are holy, good, and righteous. Sin can be found nowhere in You. You are just, true, and full of grace. Only You have the ability to forgive sins.
Yet, knowing Your goodness, I have sinned against You. I have turned away from Your glory and chosen to live my own way rather than clinging to Your presence. I know that because of my sin I should be condemned to be eternally separated from You. Yet, You have made a way! Jesus, You are blameless and died so that I may have life in You. Thank You, Jesus, that You have opened my eyes to my sin. Thank You that if I trust in You and call on Your name for my forgiveness, I can have an eternal hope in You!
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6). Amen.
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