Seldom, if ever, will you find words that lead to both condemnation and victory. Yet today I found two words that do exactly that. They jumped off the pages of God's Word as found in Matthew 27:1-23. Specifically found in verses 22 & 23. The words: "Crucify Him!"
Those two words bring both condemnation and victory. Think about it. Men & women were in the crowd chanting, "Crucify Him!" over and over again in order to condemn Jesus. They wanted Jesus dead. Certainly they had been pursued by the religious leaders of that day but nonetheless they continued to shout "Crucify Him!" Although they meant for these words to condemn Jesus, in reality they condemned themselves. Jesus indeed died but His blood was on their hands. They needed Him as Savior and Lord but instead they continued to cry out, "Crucify Him!"
You might be saying to yourself, "I see the condemnation, but where is the victory?" When Jesus was crucified, He took the sin of every person upon Himself (the wrath of God) and died. Yet the crucified Jesus did not remain in a dead man's tomb; instead three days later He arose with VICTORY over sin and death. The very act of condemnation (crucifixion) brought victory (salvation) to every one who has and who will call upon Jesus for saving faith.
It is wonderful to see another example of how men meant something for evil but God used it for good. Another example of how God works all things for the good of those who believe in Him. Praise and glory be to our God who did not give us the condemnation that we deserved but instead through grace continues to shower us with His victory.
Praying today for:
(1) Lake O' the Pines = Eagle Landing
(2) State = Mississippi
(3) Nation = Algeria
(4) Southeast Asian Peoples throughout the World