March 23, 2015
Read: Isaiah 53:5
As one enters the Chapel at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis, your mind immediately focuses on the beautiful scarlet cross behind the pulpit. It is a remarkable piece of art called, “fused glass.” Your first impression, as you focus your attention on the cross, is that the glass around the cross has been broken into a hundred pieces. Your impression is correct! The glass was deliberately broken, but under extreme heat, each piece of glass has melted together and become whole again.
What a beautiful picture of what Christ did for us on the Cross - and to think that Isaiah, so many years before, predicted exactly what would take place! He was to be wounded, crushed, and bruised. He was to shed His blood to pay the penalty for our iniquities. History documents clearly the horrible procedure that our Savior endured on behalf of each of us on Calvary.
The scarlet cross in the Chapel always reminds me of the blood our Savior shed for us on that day. And the broken glass around the cross reminds me of our sins. The scars of those sins remain, but the guilt of those sins has disappeared - has “melted away.” We become whole again.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God regarding your family and your ministry. Ask for help and guidance in sharing your Jesus with others and helping others grow in Him. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you may have. Intercede on behalf of local, national, and world missions. Pray the Great Commission would be fulfilled and for any special concerns you may have for missions.