What Jesus Did! 'It Is Finished!' — Mark 15:37

Saturday, December 14, 2024

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Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.
— Mark 15:37 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus finishes his work as our ransom from sin and death. Please ponder the incredible words of Mark 15:37. God in human flesh dies. He dies because he allows his life to be taken. He dies as one of us. He dies in pain, humiliation, rejection, and ridicule. He dies because he loves us and wants his blood to free us from our sin. He completes the work that the Father gave him to do in his incarnation.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, I cannot even begin to imagine how this moment of Jesus' death impacted your heart and the hosts of heaven. In my human heart, just reading this story makes me want to shout "Hallelujah!" in praise to your Son for the victory he wins by laying down his life. At the same time, my heart breaks at the thought of our human rebellion — our utter sinfulness — that placed Jesus on the cross both physically and spiritually. During this time of year as we think of Jesus' birth in special ways, I am reminded once again that he was born to pay this horrible price. Thank you for my redemption. Thank you for paying such a horrible price to win that redemption. All praises be to you, the Father of grace, and to your Son and my Savior who paid the price for my sin. Hallelujah! Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Titus 2:14
  • Mark 10:32-34, 45
  • Romans 6:1-8


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Illustration of Mark 15:37 NLT — Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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