To Save A Wretch Like Me

Looking at the cross is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do, because it causes me to see myself for who I really am.
“Crucify him!” – It’s easy to read that like a quote in a history book. Like those people were making a choice that I would never make.
But in reality, it would’ve been me screaming, yelling, demanding His crucifixion.
And in the midst of it all, I would be the very reason He let me demand it.
It’s horrid, ugly, brutal. It’s baffling and it’s illogical.
Here is this perfect man, the Son of God, who has done nothing wrong, but gives everything He has just for me.
He took my place, died on my cross, and carried the burden of my sins, mistakes, and failures.
And the whole time He was pleading on my behalf, even knowing that if I had been there, I would have wanted Him murdered.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…
1 Peter 3:18

Every moment I’ve ever fallen short fell on Him in that moment.
This big heaping pile of mistakes I could never even begin to imagine was sitting on His shoulders.
And there He hung thinking of me, sacrificing all He had to win my heart.
He felt the weight of it all, and He chose it. He knew what was coming, and He picked that suffering over an eternity without me.
He who knew no sin became sin so that I could be of equal standing with Him.
I now stand blameless in the sight of a holy God, because when He looks at me, He sees His perfect son on a cross where I should’ve been, paying the price for my shortcomings.

…Having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with it’s legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
Colossians 1:21-22

It is said that love can be measured by what it costs the person who is giving it.
If that is the case, how do you measure the love of someone who gave everything?

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

“Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. God planned it all out of infinite love to sinners like us, and He appointed a time.”
John Piper

“No one takes my life from me,” Jesus said, “I lay it down of my own accord”
John 10:18

You see, I am the perpetrator here. The reason it hurts to look back at the cross is because I am the reason for the cross.
Jesus chose the cross not because of any benefit to Him, but for one simple reason. Me.
There was no other option. I am a sinner in desperate need of salvation, otherwise I have no hope.
Jesus knew the only way for me to get to Him was by Him coming to me. Not only to me, but for me.
So He came to earth and He went to the cross.
And there He declared, “It is finished.”
Not that His life was over, but that my old life was gone.
It was paid in full. He was the ransom, and now I am debt free.
It’s horrid, ugly, brutal. It’s baffling and it’s illogical.
But it’s also the most beautiful and world changing thing to ever take place.
All this, a crown of thorns, pierced hands and feet, mocking, beating, dividing time, just to save a wretch like me.

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