Week 5 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Matthew 27-28 and Mark 1-4. Matthew 27-28 speaks of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and some of His final words to His disciples. Mark 1-4 speaks mainly of Jesus’ baptism, the beginning of His ministry, miracles He performed, some of His encounters with the Pharisees, and parables He told.
Matthew 27 speaks further of all that Jesus endured on our behalf. He was whipped (Matthew 27:26), made fun of (Matthew 27:27-31), crucified between two rebels (Matthew 27:38), and mocked as He hung there (Matthew 27:39-44).
This was all part of the price Christ paid to redeem us. He was forsaken that we might be accepted (Matthew 27:46). He became poor that we might be made rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). He was wounded for our wrongdoings. The punishment that we might have peace was upon Him. It is by His stripes that we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Christ took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made righteous Because of what He has done for us, the price for our sins has been paid in full.
Jesus rose again, having dealt with our sins once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 7:27). The victory has been won. We have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His resurrection is our assurance that all of our sins have been completely removed.In this world, we are as He is – completely loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father (1 John 4:17)!
This is the good news of the gospel – the power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16). These are the glad tidings we are to spread. This is what changes lives – the wonderful grace of God, shown in Christ’s finished work at the cross. Let’s give thanks for all that He has done for us!