Beaten, bruised, and whipped forty lashes until near death, Jesus suffered. Then they nailed him to a cross. Fighting to breathe, Jesus arched his back to swallow a gulp of air. With wounded hands, Jesus spoke, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
Condemned without just cause, Jesus paid the price for our sins. Then he asked God to forgive us for our sinful nature. Our afflicted Lord paid the ultimate price for our salvation. His unconditional love and grace conquered death.
The sin barrier was removed. To think of his pain wrenched body causes me to understand my undeserving grace. Sometimes, his suffering causes me to tremble. Jesus, please keep me near the cross so I never forget the price of your salvation.