Editor’s note: This Easter season, CTA invites you to focus on God’s everlasting love. It’s a remarkable, undying love that brought us forgiveness through Jesus on that first Resurrection Day. Today’s devotion is an entry from the A Love That Never Dies devotional prayer journal. This devotion book, based on Jeremiah 31:3, takes readers through the forty days of Lent according to St. Matthew’s Passion account. You’ll find this Easter gift and many others at www.ctainc.com.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, . . . “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 ESV)

Reflect: For a time, Jesus suffered the wrath of hell itself. He was alone—totally alone—to deal with his suffering and the certainty of death. All of his mental anguish and all the physical pain were as nothing compared to being separated from his Father. Jesus spoke “seven words” from the cross; yet as if to underscore its significance, Matthew records only this one. On the cross, our Lord endured the anguish of hell itself for us! He engaged Satan head-on and won! Though at times we may feel forsaken by the Father, that will never happen! Jesus was alone so that you never need be alone again. Not ever!

Nothing could hold the Christ captive, not even death. The women who visited Jesus’ tomb on the first Easter morning could scarcely believe it. They had come to the grave to give Jesus’ body a proper burial. Instead, they were greeted by an angel who gave them the startling, life-changing, news of resurrection! Filled with fear and great joy, they raced off to share the good news with the disciples. Then it happened—they met their living Lord. He said simply, “Greetings!” They fell at his feet in worship. What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for you?

Prayer starter: Lord, by faith we knew all along that your love could never die. You are victorious over sin and death. You were punished for my sin. You died my death. All praise and thanks to you for . . .

 

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