Heavenly Father, we stand in awe and wonderment as we look back and reflect on the whole course of that crucifixion day of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all that it means to us personally, as well the incredible impact that it must have had on those that were there at the time, when the cruel nails were driven into His hands and feet and He was heard to pray, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
Father, although I can easily look back with an eye of criticism on all who were instrumental in His death, and utter a word of condemnation on those who scorned and despised Him, yet as I reflect on the shocking treatment of our Lord, I realise that it was my sins that also nailed Him to the tree and I am equally as guilty of the death of Your only beloved Son, as Pontous Pilate, the Roman guards, the religious leaders of the Jews and the mocking crowd, for it was the weight of my sins that He carried to the cross and it was for me personally, that He died.
Thank You, Father, that my sins were forgiven at the cross and instead of Your wrath being poured out on me, Jesus took the full force of Your righteous anger as Your judgement on sin fell on Him.
Thank You, Lord, that instead of giving up on humanity when they killed Your beloved Son, that You chose to pour out 2000 years of grace upon grace, so that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. May I never forget, ignore or trivialise the horror of sin and the tremendous price that Christ paid so that my sin could be forgiven, and thank You for Your great love for me. In Jesus' name I pray,