March 8 | Psalm 22:14-15
“I am poured out like water and all my bones are spread out. My heart is melted like wax in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaw and you lay me in the dust of death.” (Psalm 22:14–15)
Think of your favorite drink. It quenches your thirst, but more than that, it tastes great. On a hot day it hits the spot. It’s what you crave. You don’t leave one drop.
Jesus is the cup that never runs dry. But on the cross, God poured him out as a drink offering, a sweet sacrifice for your sins. He was stretched to the limit for you. Prophecy says Jesus never broke any bones. But they may have been out of joint. Hanging on a cross for six hours stretched him to the limit.
He didn’t have enough strength to finish carrying the cross to Golgotha. The only strength he had left was given for you. Jesus gave his life for you, was laid in the dust for three days. But that wasn’t the end of the story. He was raised to life again.
Scholars and medical professionals are unclear on exactly what killed Jesus. It could have been a massive heart attack. Most say he died of suffocation from not being able to pull himself up to take a breath.
Never forget the price Jesus paid for you. He did it willingly. The Romans were brutal in their practice of crucifixion. He suffered more than any other person and brought redemption through his suffering.
Action Step: Thank Jesus today for giving his all for you. He suffered death to set you free. Your suffering is a rough road, but you are storing up glory for Jesus and yourself. He gives you his strength to accomplish his will.
Oh Lord, what suffering you did for me! Give me your strength through these trials. I know you’re with me every step of the way. I bless your name for you are worthy of my praise despite my circumstances. I offer a sweet sacrifice of praise in the midst of the storm.