Father, thank You for the record in Scripture that tends to make us a lot more than just curious bystanders throughout the crucifixion of Your valuable Son. Jesus’ recorded conversation with the repentant criminal aids us to see how instant redemption for all humanity was becoming offered by means of His death on the cross. Thoughtful reflecting on this day brings about grief and sadness as we recall the rejection, discomfort, and suffering Christ underwent. In Luke 22:53 Jesus spoke to these who seized Him in the garden as a time when darkness reigns. Although He was speaking figuratively in the garden the subsequent afternoon literal darkness fell upon the earth as He breathed His final breath. Certainly all hope dissipated for these who stood by our Lord as He hung on the cross. But I’m so glad we don’t have to wait for the rest of the story to unfold due to the fact we know, by means of Scripture, the final outcome and the way of salvation Christ produced feasible for us. Thank you, Father, that You loved the planet so a lot that You gave Your one particular and only Son to die for our sins, that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. We get in touch with upon the Lord Jesus to save us, cleanse us from our sins, and to indwell our hearts. Amen.
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