How easy it is for us to just gloss over Easter and fail to give proper honor and glory to our Lord and King. Easter is a time for believers to celebrate and remember Jesus’ great sacrifice, His work on the cross, and the abundant mercy and grace afforded to us because of His great sacrifice.
As we approach this season, it’s good to take time to examine and prepare our hearts for such a celebration. Let’s pause to allow the Holy Spirit to nudge and nurture our souls and rekindle the fire within our hearts—a fire that often becomes dulled by the sins of the world surrounding us in our daily lives.
It is my hope that the devotionals in this series will help prepare your heart for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Allow these readings to help you position yourself in a way that will be honoring to the Savior. I am praying these devotions will lead you to experience the presence of Christ with fresh eyes, with wonder, and with reverence.
Using the seven last words, of Christ, along with the seven articles of the Old Testament tabernacle, you will see the beauty and seamless melding of the old and new covenants. By taking a closer look at the articles, which furnished the Tabernacle, we will see the power behind the seven last statements Christ made on the cross.
You will come to understand that just as the tabernacle of the Old Testament was meant to point us to Christ and our need for forgiveness, so God’s final work on the cross and Christ’s final words infused these truths together. For our good God displayed the beauty and wonder of our sovereign Savior.
Come let's look inside the tabernacle. Come to the foot of the cross and realize that the beauty displayed is God’s plan for you to be with Him for eternity.
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals—one on His right, and the other on His left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” –Luke 23:34 We all want an all-access pass. Our desire is to have the privilege of going
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Matthew 27:45-46 The curtains of heaven closed and the radiance of God hid from the world
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” – John 19:28 Do you know what it’s like to thirst for God? Do you know what it feels like to be so in need of the presence of God that your soul feels parched
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30 Tetelestai! Nowhere in history do we find a more powerful, yet grace-filled statement. Tetelestai! It is finished, it has been accomplished, it has been paid, it has been fulfilled, it has been consummated
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. – Luke 23:46 Over the past seven weeks we have journeyed through the last words of Christ and the tabernacle furnishings. And each week we have drawn nearer and nearer