Bringing Us To God

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,”
1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
  “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
  The people stood watching, and the rulers sneered at him.  They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”  
  The soldiers also came up and mocked him.  They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
  There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Luke 23:33-38 (NIV)

Christ Jesus, I can’t even begin to comprehend the price that you paid for me.  You endured so much pain, suffering, and mocking to bring me to God.  Even in the midst of being crucified, you ask God to forgive those crucifying you—how loving, merciful, and gracious you are when we don’t even come close to deserving it.  Jesus, I praise you for the sacrifice that you made! I am so grateful for your unconditional love—you love me so much that you chose to die for me!  Jesus, today, with all that I am, may my heart be set on loving you.  You are all that I need.