September 10, 2021
It was an unusual plan. A plan like no other. A plan designed in heaven for the Son of God to be crucified for our sins so we could be forgiven.
In the reporting of what happened that night, there are several men mentioned in John, Chapter 19.
Four believers. One a fisherman; one a criminal who had committed crimes worthy of death; one a wealthy religious man who was a member of the Sanhedrin council (Joseph of Arimathea); and one a prominent teacher of the Jewish faith who had come to Jesus by night.
All these men came from vastly different backgrounds. The criminal was a man of obvious sins; the religious leaders looked fine but were just as lost and separated from the Father; and an everyday fisherman scorned by the religious elite. But all were saved in like manner by the action of the One they gazed at upon the cross.
Never be shocked at the reach of Christ. His Spirit and His gospel extend to every single segment of society. He can save anyone—those whose sins are most apparent and those who seem to be religious who are just as lost.
We should see everyone we meet as a prime candidate for the gospel, for the cross can reach anyone, anywhere. Even you and even me.
Father, thank You for the universal nature of the gospel. Give us clear eyes to see everyone as needy and everyone as one whom Christ will save. Help us never underestimate Your power to redeem us all!
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