If God never did anything
else for you, he would still deserve your continual praise for the rest
of your life because of what Jesus did for you on the cross. God's
son died for you! This is the greatest reason for worship.
Unfortunately, we forget
the cruel details of the agonizing sacrifice God made on your behalf.
Familiarity breeds complacency. Even before his his crucifixtion, the
Son of God was stripped naked, beaten until almost unrecognizable, whipped,
scorned and mocked, crowned with thorns, and spit on contemptuously.
Abused and ridiculed by heartless men, he was treated worse than an
Then nearly unconscious
from blood loss, he was forced to drag a cumbersome cross up a hill,
was nailed to it, and was left to die slow, excrutiating torture of
death by crucifixtion. While his lifeblood drained out, hecklers stood
by and shouted insults, making fun of his pain and challenging his claim
to be God.
Next, as Jesus took all
of mankind's sin and guilt on himself, God looked away from the ugly
sight, and Jesus cried out in total depression, "My God, my God,
why have you foresaken me?" Jesus could have saved himself - but
then he could not have saved you.
Words cannot describe
the darkness of that moment. Why did God allow and endure such ghastly,
evil mistreatment? Why? So you could be spared from eternity in hell,
and you could share in his glory forever! The Bible says, "Christ
was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order
that in union with him we might share the rightousness of God."
Jesus gave up everything
so you could have everything. He died so you could live forever. That
alone is worthy of your continual thanks and praise. Never again should
you wonder what you have to be thankful for.