Dear Lord Jesus,
You said during the time of your ministry, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Little did your disciples know at the time how that would happen or how it would look.
Now, having been accused, tried and sentenced, we see what you went through for us. The humiliation, the pain and the suffering were all to pay the price for our sins. You paid this ransom so that we could walk free.
You refused to come down from the cross. You endured the abandonment of your disciples, which was tragic, but also of the very Father who sent you, at your greatest moment of need. Such grief is thankfully beyond our experience.
How fitting that those who passed by derided you, illustrating how badly we all needed the work your were completing at that moment. How perfect also was the darkness that descended, dimming the view of the worst of your suffering from those present, and likewise from the rest of us who would read of it later, And you died among thieves, like the worst of common criminals.
All of this you did for us. We thank you for bearing our sin. We thank you for paying the price for our salvation. We thank you for the humility you expressed so that we might be glorified with you someday, and will know that glorified state for all eternity.
This is how we know what love is.
Thank you Jesus.