Posted by: Diane | November 26, 2013


This past Sunday, our pastor preached from Mark 15. Midway through the sermon, he said something that really stuck with me.

“Better by far than anything you want God to do for you, is that He went to the cross for you…and stayed.”

Those are words to ponder.

I really appreciate the teaching at our church because there is always something that I can take home and think about during the week. I take notes in a way that if anyone missed the service and wanted to know what was going on, my notes would provide a thorough summation of content.  I guess it goes back to my student days – writing things down has always made me focus and given me something tangible to reread and ponder.

Anyways, back to Mark 15. The whole idea of this chapter is that Jesus is our substitute. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1.29) When I personalize this, I am powerfully reminded that it should have been me but Jesus stayed on that cross and was crucified for my sin.

Scripture tells us that there was a man called Barabbas, who was in prison because he had committed murder – this was a crime, punishable by death. It was the custom of the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested. Barabbas knew he was guilty – everyone knew he was guilty – but Pilate wanted to satisfy the screaming crowd so instead of releasing Jesus, who had done no wrong, he released Barrabas.

Jesus was substituted and crucified. Barabbas walked free. It doesn’t make sense but our pastor reminded us that Jesus always intended to be our sacrifice –  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.  (Mark 10.45)

With a cup of hot tea in hand, I’m just taking some quiet time this morning to think about all this.

He took the nails for me

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1.18 NIV


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