Jesus illustrated the meaning of His sacrificial death on the cross before it happened. It was during the Passover meal, near the end, when the fourth cup is raised and they prepare to drink. At that moment they would have read this:
What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I shall lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD…
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his holy ones. O LORD,
I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid.
You have loosed my bonds; I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and call on the name of the LORD. (Psalm 116:12-13, 15-17)
What an amazing picture of His impending death and dependence upon God.
When did I allow the blood of Jesus to become meaningful in my life? At age 18.
God, what a beautiful and eternal plan You have for salvation. Thank you for including me! May this day be as wonderful as yesterday. I thank you for it in advance.