Marie’s daily verse: The Lord is good,  a stronghold in the day of trouble; and His knows those who trust in Him (Nahum 1:7). 

DAILY DEVOTION, January 27, 2022

Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle (John 19:17-18).

Ghandi once asked some missionaries to sing a hymn for him. He wanted them to sing a hymn that expressed the heart of their faith. The hymn sung was this: “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died. My richest gain I count but loss,  and pour contempt on all my pride.”

The cross. Why did Jesus endure such suffering? He is the Son of God! He could have called upon the angels to rescue Him, or He could have called down lightning from heaven to destroy His enemies. Why did He endure the cross? The answer is the heart of our faith. He died for me. He died for you. He took upon Himself the judgment we deserve. Christians are not full of pride. Christians are full of faith. We understand that we have no hope of salvation apart from the cross. Jesus bore our judgment and grants to us His righteousness. It all happened at the cross. That is the heart of our faith. “In the cross of Christ I glory.”

Gracious Father in heaven, I confess to You that I am a sinner. With gratitude, I place my trust in Jesus. “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”  In His blessed name, I pray, Amen.

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