March 25th – In My Place



Why was Jesus killed? Why did he have to die? Surely it would have benefited the human race if he’d lived and taught for many years? No, the Bible says he was born to die! In the words of Caiaphas, the High Priest, who did not realise the truth of his own words: “It is essential for one man to die for the people”. He meant to avoid the risk of a bloody rebellion against Rome. As it turned out, it meant that his death would save the world. How? Well, take an example we can all grasp. In the book “Miracle on the River Kwai”, the slave labourers, British PoW’s, built the Burmah railway line. At the end of one day a Japanese guard yelled that a shovel was missing, and demanded that the thief should step forward. No one moved. “You all die – all die” he raved, and cocked his gun. Then one prisoner stepped forward, and was smashed and clubbed to death by the out-of- control guard.
They counted again later, and found that no shovel was missing after all: it had been a miscount. But that one man had died to save them all from being shot by a power-crazed guard.
Now that sacrifice was because of a mistake. There was no mistake when Jesus died. It was all planned. Jesus of Nazareth died in the place of all sinners to save sinners. He substituted himself, and, being innocent, took the penalty which he did not deserve.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. I Peter 2: 24-25
The word ‘tree’ is the Hebrew word for ‘cross’.
A Prayer: Lord Jesus, you died to atone for sins, not your own, for my sins, even mine. In you do I put my trust. Only in you can I put my trust.
Now read Hebrews 9: 11-28

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