Isaiah 53:3-6-3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. What a blessing we received from his suffering. As we prepare for Easter, let us take the time out to reflect on the greatest gift and blessing we could receive. For those who do not know Christ they will focus their attention on the Easter Bunny and all the festivities that goes along with it, missing the true meaning of why we celebrate. When Jesus rose on the third day so many things happened for us. When Jesus rose on the third day that gave us an opportunity to live with him forever in eternity. It also fulfilled his prophecy and gave us reassurance of what would come. His resurrection confirmed John 14:1-4-14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus birth, death and resurrection provided us an opportunity for salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10-9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
His appearing in flesh allowed him to be able to relate to everything we ever been through because he experienced the same things we experience today. Hebrews 2:14-17-14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
His death on the cross and the bearing of our sins allowed him to step in and make the sacrifice for us once and for all which allowed us to be able to receive salvation. Hebrews 9:15/26-28-15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
So how could we be willing to miss out on this great gift by refusing to allow him to lead our lives. How can one allow this sacrifice for them go to waste? How can one not believe in the one who created them leaving their eternal salvation to chance? One thing we do know there is a thing we have all seen called death. Why gamble with your soul? I pray that we embrace his sacrifice and not let it go to waste in our own lives and we receive the blessing and promise that he has given us. I pray that if someone who reads this blog doesn’t have a relationship with you, that they ask you to forgive them of their sins and confess with their mouth that you are Lord and believe in their heart that God raised you from the dead and that they be saved in Jesus name I pray Amen.
I will leave you this these five verses to ponder on. Hebrews 12:15-16/25-27-15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Enjoy nonviolent scenes from the Passion of the Christ and listen to the song Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong which fits the resurrection!!!!