He (Jesus) suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. —Hebrews 2:9

About every half second there is a death on this planet. I read where it is estimated that there have been about 100 billion people that have lived on earth up until now. That means about 93 million people have died. That is a lot of sorrow and pain. Jesus took it all at the cross.

We cannot fathom the immensity of what Jesus did on the cross for us when He “suffered death for us” and “tasted death for everyone.” Not only that but we read in Isaiah 53:4-6 that “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering” and “he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Sin is an eternal issue. One sin not under the blood of Christ will keep a person out of heaven as well as 100,000 sins not under the blood of Christ. Yet Jesus was able to resolve the sin issue because He is the eternal Son of God (Romans 1:4) which He proved by the resurrection from the dead. He took our penalty. He took our judgment that “whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16; I John 5:11-13).

Jesus suffered for every man. We cannot comprehend the sorrow and grief that He bore on Himself at the cross. He did so for all humanity. But what we should understand is the vastness of gratitude we should have for our Lord God Almighty. This gratitude should be seen in our worship and service to Him. May that be the case today!

Dear Father, thank You for sending You Son that we could be forgiven and have life and relationship through Him. Now, may I live faithfully for You today and for the rest of my life on this earth. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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