MONDAY, AUGUST 3
“Ought not Christ to have suffered
these things, and to enter into his glory?”
SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST
The sufferings of Christ are vividly described in Isaiah 53:3-5, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Man’s ignorance: Peter saw the depravity of man that led the people to persecute the Lord of glory. They were ignorant of the Scriptures and so the Son of God was delivered to the Romans to be slain, wittingly and willingly. However, this is not to excuse them that they did it out of ignorance. They were still accountable for the evil actions they did against God. Peter did not try to lighten his speech to please the people. He showed them the truth. Their ignorance was due to their blindness because of sin. Their wickedness abounded because they were spiritually dead. It was their error and blind zeal that caused them to do such wickedness. Peter made mention of their sin of denying Christ and the extinguishing of the grace of God upon them.
God’s ordinance: It was announced beforehand through the mouths of the prophets. It was also referred to in the “Protoeuanggelion,” the gospel first preached by none other than God Himself after the fall of Adam. It is God’s decree for Jesus to become our substitute on the cross that we be granted forgiveness of our sins and deliverance from eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).
Can you comprehend the extent of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ just for you to be freed from the wrath of God upon sinners? What is your response to such immeasurable love for you?
THOUGHT: Do I love Jesus as much as I should?
PRAYER: Father in heaven, I thank Thee for sending Jesus to us.