THE CRUCIFIXION

Have you ever wondered about all that was involved in Christ’s death on the cross?

There was an unfathomable depth to his death which was not true of the other two who were crucified that day.

Scripture says that Jesus, who had no sin at all in His life, was made to be sin for us so that we might be made righteous. (II Cor. 5:21)  It was as if He became an adulterer, murderer, a thief, covetous—the list of sins goes on and on—and every  one of them, from the garden of Eden to the end of time, were heaped upon Him as He hung there.

The agony of the tearing of His flesh from the weight of His body pulling against the nails in His hands and feet was as nothing compared to the agony of the tearing of His soul as He carried the weight of our sins that day.  He had never before been separated from His Father; but God had to desert Him in that hour, for a holy God cannot look upon sin.  It called forth a soul-cry from Jesus, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”

 When He was in the garden of Gethsemane earlier, it is no wonder He cried out in prayer to God with loud cries and tears asking that if it were possible, He might be delivered from having to go through this.  He knew His relationship with His beloved Father would be severed in that hour, and it seemed more than He could bear.  Nevertheless He submitted Himself to God’s will and purpose for it all.

Well what does that event which happened over 1900 years ago have to do with us in this twenty-first century?

The punishment which we deserve because of the sin in our lives has been fully met because Jesus bore those sins upon Himself when He died that day.  Finished!  But how do we appropriate that freedom from sin for ourselves?   What are the requirements?

Let’s say you are given a gift.  You admire the wrapping; you say the bow is so beautifully tied; since it looks so lovely you just put it on your closet shelf so you can aesthetically enjoy looking at it, and ignore the expensive gift that was waiting to be revealed if you opened the box.  You don’t make that gift yours.

Perhaps we know all the teaching about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and we agree with the facts, but have never owned them for ourselves.  We store that “box” on the shelf and miss the treasure inside.  Instead we need to thank Him for all He’s done, confess that we are sorry for our sin, and invite Him into our life, asking Him to help us live  in a way that will bring Him joy .

The treasure inside is forgiveness of sin and eternal life in Heaven, given as a gift when Jesus took your sins upon Himself and paid the penalty for them so you won’t have to.

  Is your box still on the shelf unopened?

 

 

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Thought for the Day

The law of Moses DEMANDED love:

     “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  I am the LORD.”  Lev. 19:18

The law of Christ IS love:

      “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.”  Romans 5:5

What a blessing to be born this side of the cross!!!!

PLANET OPERATING ROOM

          This was written after a hospital stay:

 

I have just come home from an alien land.

It was quite the strangest of places,

Where the ghosts wore gowns that were crisp and white

and the goblins wore masks on their faces.

And one special goblin, so neatly disguised

Stabbed an ugly spear into my vein.

And the venomous poison that flowed through the tip

Sent a blackness that covered my brain.

More goblins descended with lances and knives,

And fire-laden needles and probes.

I was helpless to fight them or fend for myself

As I lay there encased in white robes.

The language they spoke was an alien tongue.

Their food came in bottles and vials.

But they never partook of the potions they served

To me, with deceptive sweet smiles.

Oh, I’m glad to be home from this alien land

Where the ogres so filled me with dread.

….But somehow I sense a new spring in my step!

Could it be they were friendly instead?

WORSHIP

WORSHIP

 As I was praying I began to praise the Lord in worship, but suddenly stopped.  I said, “Lord, I’m to praise you for all eternity, and I’ve run out of words  in five minutes.  How can that ever happen for eternity?”

When God speaks to us it is not in an audible voice, but His message is made so clear in our spirit. 

And in my spirit  God replied, “When you get to Heaven, I will share something with you about Myself that you have never known before, and you’ll praise Me for that; then I’ll share something else and you’ll praise Me; and I will never run out of things to share with you for all eternity”!!!!!

How unfathomable is our God!