Easter Devotional 2023 - Day 6: Easter is About Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns is more than just a tune you have to learn as a kid. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, India, Pakistan, Malta and the United States, hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and sometimes Easter. Hot cross buns are a heavy sweet citrus bread marked with a sugar or flour cross piped on the top. One Irish tradition says that if you bake your hot cross buns on Good Friday, they won’t get moldy during the following year. Another tradition states that a hot cross bun was always kept from the batch baked on Good Friday, in case anyone in the family became ill during the next year. A small piece of the bun would be broken off to feed the patient. These buns were believed to be able to cure all ills, including the most dreadful diseases. Hummm… Interesting how religion without relationship, without fail, exchanges faith in symbols for the real thing.

      But he was pierced for our transgressions;
      he was crushed for our iniquities; 
      upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, 
      and with his wounds we are healed. Is 53:5

I am sure that hot cross buns are good and all that, but it is Jesus alone who heals. He was pierced - crucified and died for our transgressions (sins by which we have broken God's law). He was completely crushed - referring to the weight of sin put upon His shoulders on the cross (1Pt 2:24). Every sin ever committed by the elect, past, present and future all on Christ at that one time. He was crushed for our iniquities (moral and grossly dirty sins against a Holy God). Upon Him was put the chastisement - the wrath of God for all that sin. We were enemies of God and that wrath that Jesus took for us, brought us peace with God (Ro 5:1). And by His wounds - all of the beatings, abuse and crucifixion - brought about our healing. We were sin-sick. Terminally ill from the effects of sin and by His wounds we are healed - pronounced cured, clean and given life (Ep 2:5).
Dwell now, for a few moments on the healing work of Christ in and on your life. What are some specific things (transgressions and iniquities) from which you have been healed by His wounds?
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