Split by the Blood

Split by the Blood

The Gospel of Luke Devotional

  • Day 23 Chapter 23
  • Bible Reading: Luke 23:1-56
  • Focus Scripture: Luke 23:42 And he was saying, “Jesus remember me when You come into Your Kingdom!”

Doing things out of love for someone who has betrayed us is hard. My first thought about what God’s sacrificial love looked like on the cross, is giving up a vital organ for someone else. We don’t know if we will need the other kidney later in life. Going through a surgical procedure to save a person’s life is one of the most selfless acts a person can do. God performed surgery on Jesus. He removed Him from Himself to give us life. We have His life-saving blood as atonement for our sins. Through Christ, we can live freely knowing we will spend eternity with Him completely healed of all the mental and physical infirmities we had on earth. Our master Physician gives us life.

Luke 23:39-43 Jesus hung to die between two criminals. One criminal feared Christ and recognized Him as the almighty God; he sought forgiveness for his sins by acknowledging that he deserved to die. The other wanted to save himself, he was not remorseful. This paints the picture of the world. Christ is the dividing cause. Some people are sorrowful, repent of sins past, seek God’s guidance, and plead to Him to save a place in His eternity. On the other side, some will not seek God to save their souls but want Him to save their lives. {Luke 9:24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.} These people have sinned and want to be rescued without being punished or repenting. They are woefully unaware of eternity and the atoning blood of Jesus. {Luke 23:34 Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.} Jesus was tortured, bleeding, dying on the cross and He prayed for these sinners. The people did not understand what was happening. Jesus prayed for those with hardened hearts…he prayed for us. We can go through this life crying out to Jesus to save us in this world, or we can pray for our souls to find rest with Him in eternity. We are criminals. Our behavior is punishable. Jesus paid the greatest price. We are bonded out of prison awaiting His judgment. What will we do while we are free??… Will we commit more crimes or will we display our best behavior?~Torrie

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you notice what you have in common with someone or the differences?
  2. Have you befriended an enemy to bring someone down?
  3. Which side of the cross are your criminal acts? Are you repenting or are you angry?

A Few Points:Luke chapter 23Luke 23 is filled with details and scriptures to meditate on as is the entire Bible. This chapter takes us through Jesus’ trial, persecution, and death. Everything in Luke, as well as the Synoptic Gospels, add details to how this happened and how we are able to continue to have a life. The disciples were chosen as witnesses to testify about Jesus and spread the news of His coming Kingdom. All that followed Him faithfully in those days left a footprint and deeper understanding of who God is because of Christ. We are still power-hungry, wanting to have prestige and honor among our peers, and have comforts without sacrificing. We choose where we’re planted and how deep our roots go, we are a blessing to someone seeking shelter or in need of accommodations for ourselves. Repenting of our sins and focusing on forgiveness we can lead better lives. Reading God’s Word and spending more time with Him will make us more like Him. Throughout these Gospels one thing stood out. Balance. We are to balance our priorities, businesses, families, mental, physical, and spiritual health. Having enough to sustain ourselves without acquiring so much we build places to store it. We are to put God first. Taking care of the helpless, giving of our time and expertise. We are to be profitable but not be consumed with greed. How we handle the blessings God gives us will balance our mental, physical, and spiritual health. 

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1 Comment

  1. Your introductory sentence is point on – it is hard to even be in the presence of someone who has betrayed us. But most captivating was when you speak of Jesus on the cross and what He did for us! His cruel betrayal and death makes us look like a grain of sand for anything that we may go through. You are so right – when we live a focused and balanced life growing in Christ we do profit yet should not be consumed with greed. Great work daughter. Love agape, Mom

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