Once for All

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Friday: Christ suffered once for all.

Friday’s readings: Psalm 22-28

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteousness, that he might bring you to God.

Lord Jesus, such freedom and joy is mine. You suffered for all my sins, all of them. All of the sins of this week, all of the sins of my past, even for all the sins of my future. You suffered for all of my sins just once. And you did it all righteously and innocently. You didn’t deserve a single lick that you got from your enemies. You didn’t deserve a single stroke of the justice that your Father doled out to you. And yet you suffered all of that for me. You suffered all of that so that you might bring me to God. You have opened the way for me into God’s presence so that I might see him, live with him, and come to him. This next week, dearest Jesus, as I see you make your way into Jerusalem to suffer for all of our sins, help me to see what you’re doing. You’re going into Jerusalem to take away my sins. You’re going there not die for all of my sins. You’re going to there to bring me to God. Lord Jesus, thank you for this your deepest passion. It is my salvation. It is my entry into God’s presence. Amen.