When I survey

Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.

I’m sure at some point, we’ve all heard someone saying that they sacrificed something for someone important to them. Sometimes that sacrifice can seem insignificant to others because they don’t truly know how much the sacrifice has cost the person, or how much of a difference the sacrifice will mean to the recipient. Then there are other times when the sacrifice made by someone can sound awesome and beyond belief because it is clear how much the person has sacrificed.

Now think about the sacrifice Jesus has given for us…

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Now imagine you are standing in front of the cross on which Jesus is hanging…you can see the pain and agony in his eyes, and wounds and blood on hands, his feet, his side and his head.

What an awful image, but one that for Christians around the world is the image which encapsulates the enormity of the sacrifice Jesus paid for us all, when He was crucified at Calvary.

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Ephesians 5:2 (New Living Translation)

God sacrificed His only Son for us. So this ‘Good Friday’, make it a day to remember the sacrifice He gave for us, a day to kneel at the foot of the cross for the first time or the hundredth time, so that you come close to Christ.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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