Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 19

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

We preach a bloody cross. There is no way to talk about the Gospel without a mention of the suffering of Jesus Christ. First, there was the scourge. He was beaten with a whip that was made of leather straps extending from a wooden handle. There were nine strands of leather embedded with pieces of bone, rock, and metal. The instrument was often referred to as the “cat of nine tails.” The scourging was so brutal that it would sometimes remove an organ as it tore away the flesh. It was believed that forty stripes would kill most men so the Roman soldiers gave thirty-nine. The scourge was one stripe from death and as close to death as most would ever come and live. The scourge was gruesome and yet Jesus endured it. They pressed a crown of thorns upon His head, and with His flesh shredded and dripping with blood from the scourge they covered Him in a purple robe. The soldiers struck Him and mocked Him. He was then led to Calvary where His hands and feet were nailed with metal spikes to a wooden cross. There Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us. The wrath of God was poured out on Him and He was treated the way we deserve to be treated. He took our place that we might go free. His agonizing death was not in vain. Jesus purchased our salvation by suffering on a cross. He was lifted up so that we might look by faith and live. In Him we have redemption through His blood. Without a bloody cross there would be no remission of sin.

Prayer: “Father, we thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that was shed for us. You did not spare Your Son Jesus but freely gave Him up for us, and in Him You will give us all things. We thank You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 18

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

He was betrayed in a garden and arrested at a prayer meeting. Even there He showed kindness to the soldiers. Still they bound Jesus and led Him away. Peter denied Him, and the officer struck Him with the palm of His hand. Then Jesus was led to Pilate who could find no fault in Him at all. The angry crowd opted for the release of Barabbas, a notorious criminal. But of Jesus they demanded crucifixion. The Gospel record shows that Jesus endured all these things because of His great love. I can’t help but think of how hurtful these things must have been to the Savior. He did not deserve to be treated this way. Jesus went about doing good everywhere He went. He is the only person born of a woman who is truly innocent. His innocence is on display at His trial and crucifixion. The innocent was dying for the guilty. Only through the cross can guilty men go free. Oh, what a Savior!

Prayer: “Holy Father, we worship Jesus Christ the Innocent One, we praise Him for enduring the agony of the cross and purchasing our salvation. We thank You that through faith in Christ we are made innocent. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 10

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” In the Old Testament the sheep were sacrificed for the shepherd, but when Jesus came He was the Good Shepherd who was sacrificed for His sheep. The Good Shepherd agonized a grueling death on the cross in order to pay the sin debt. He fully met all the righteous requirements of Holy God to be the one sacrifice for sin forever. You see without the shedding of blood there would be no remission of sin. It required Jesus dying in our place to satisfy the sin debt. No one took His life from Him but He freely gave it up for all. He could have called ten thousand angels but instead He chose to die for you and me. “His hands were nail pierced, His side was riven, He gave His life’s blood for you and me. Oh what a Savior! Oh hallelujah!” The cross was a symbol of shame, but when Jesus was crucified it became a glorious cross! The crucified, buried, and risen Savior stands before us now and proclaims, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.” To become a follower of Jesus we must identify with His cross, die to self and live in surrender to Him.

Prayer: “We thank You for the cross upon which the precious Savior died. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron