Beyond the Weekend

March 27 | His Righteousness

March 27, 2024


And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Matthew 26:50

Read: Matthew 27:46-50
Listen: Matthew 27


The Romans implement the cross because it is exceedingly tortuous and humiliating. This punishment is reserved for the worst criminals who commit crimes that destabilize society, such as theft and insurrection. The cross is more than a punishment. It’s also a warning. If someone goes against Rome, they end up on a cross. Crucifixions are conducted in public places to provide opportunity for mocking and scorn. Every breath is laborious. The energy required to raise oneself with one’s arms and legs moves a person closer to exhaustion and asphyxiation. Jesus endures all of this willingly, even though he is innocent.

Jesus not only dies in our place, he also obeys in our place. He lives a perfect life, without sin, and goes to the cross out of love. He pays the price for our sins there, and something amazing happens. Jesus takes our guilt and gives us his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). What an incredible gift. He does what we could never do. When we accept his gift of life, God no longer sees the wrongs we’ve done but the right Jesus did. The work of the cross isn’t something ordinary. It’s not something we should get used to. It’s truly astonishing.

Today: Sit in the love of God for you, recognizing what Jesus endured on your behalf. Join the Ada Bible Worship team as they sing “How Deep the Father’s Love.” May the lyrics become the anthem of your heart this week.


Read Hosea 10. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here. 

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