“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs to having the hope of eternal life”
Titus 3:4-7 (NIV)
“At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? -which means, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”
Mark 15:33-34 (NIV)
Lord Jesus, thank you for enduring the cross. I can’t even begin to imagine what you went through—the pain, the suffering, and feeling completely abandoned. How I praise you that because of your incredible sacrifice, and your unfailing love and mercy, we have the opportunity to become heirs to having the hope of eternal life. Jesus, you saved me. Thank you for the cross! My heart is overflowing with love for you. More than breathing, may my heart long to love you.