Come Up Higher!

Jesus took the worst form of torture and punishment and turned it into healing for the world.

One thing you’ll notice about God is that He’s always redemptive- He’s always about finding a way to bring us to a higher place. If He finds us in a pit He reaches down into it to pull us out. He’s never about pointing a finger and saying, “There, I told you so!” He’s never about accusation. Even if everyone around you is condemning you, Jesus will take no joy in it, nor does he join them. He’s always about removing the stain of sin and saying, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more!”

The cross is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love. It’s the place where Jesus took the punishment we deserved.

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

You see that phrase? “The punishment that brought us peace”? That’s what the cross was all about.

“Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.” (John 6:37)