Mark D. Skorheim
Christians in Communications Devotional
A friend of ours related the following story that happened in a Good Friday worship service. The Pastor was preaching on the cross of Christ.
During his sermon looking out at the congregation, he very emphatically said, “YOU are the one who drove the nails in His hands!” YOU are the one who pushed the crown of thorns on His head!” He continued, “YOU are the one responsible for the death of Jesus!”
A little four-year old boy in the back of the Church sitting with his parents had been listening, and piped up with all sincerity, “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!
Throughout history it has been hotly debated: Who was responsible for the death of Jesus? Was it the Jews, Romans, Pilate, Judas, or the crowd? The list is endless when it comes to casting blame. Down through the ages the words of the little tyke in the Church echo on, “I didn’t do it!”
The truth of the matter is that each of us is responsible for Christ’s death.
Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.
Today in your office take a moment and thank Christ for taking the punishment for YOU. In England, it formerly was customary for a wealthy family to have a “whipping boy.” Every time a child in the family misbehaved and punishment was to be meted out they called for the whipping boy, and he received the punishment. Each time I think of that custom the unfairness upsets me.
What should upset each of us is that Christ literally was our “whipping boy” and took the punishment we deserved. Let the unfairness of the fact that He was punished for YOU and for ME sink into your mind.
Mark D. Skorheim, Chaplain
Christians In Communications
1880 Cedar Spur
Tyler, TX 75703
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