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Dear readers, as we approach this high holy time for all of Christendom, the day in history of Jesus going to the cross for the sins of the entire world, and his breaking the bondage of sin and death for those who will come to him, I am reminded of the history of this indescribable moment. And as I recall the history of God’s plan since before time began, it almost takes my breath away.
Jesus was our Passover lamb, the Bible says he was slain since before the foundation of the world. The Bible also says that if the rulers of this dark world would have known, they would never have killed the prince of Glory.
It was a secret. God’s love for you was no secret, but how he was going to redeem mankind (and womankind too, we are all in Christ), was a secret.
In the beginning after Adam and Eve fell, God spoke to the serpent (who is the devil) and said that he would place enmity between your seed (the devil’s) and the woman’s seed, that he would bruise the devil’s head and the devil would bruise his heel.
Jesus bore the sins of the world forever on himself. God himself took the punishment and the judgment that each one of us deserves. “With his stripes we are healed”, means that God took our sickness with the laying on of stripes on his own back, oh, how God loves you.
Isa 53:5 says, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He took it all so you wouldn’t have to.
Doing good deeds won’t get you to heaven, going to church won’t either. Paying to charities is nice but you will still eventually die, and then what? The Bible says we have two choices God and heaven, or the devil and hell. Hell was created for the devil and his angels- not for you. What has the devil done for you lately? The Bible says he steals, kills and destroys, but Jesus has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
Being a good person makes life easier but hell has lots of good people who tried to make it on their own. Believing that Jesus took your punishment requires a humility and a willingness to admit that you can’t do it on your own, because the truth is we can’t.
In the garden the night before the cross, Jesus prayed. The Bible says “as it were great drops of blood” come from his forehead from the strain of fighting the fight of faith against the devil. Imagine the seeds of doubt the devil had been trying to place in the mind of Jesus about his ability to go through death for us, about how insignificant one man is and how impossible it is for one man to die so that so many might live.
Imagine the seeds of doubt the devil placed on him, that he would not be able to endure the pain and the suffering without crying out to his father for help, which would have ended his suffering immediately– at the cost of losing the lives of billions of children whom God loves.
Until the end, wonderful Jesus was faithful to the will of our Father. In closing his prayer after asking that he not have to endure taking on the sins of the entire world, Jesus said, “Your will be done”, and committed himself to the work he had been sent to do.
Doubt was defeated, and fear had to flee from the power of the love of God that filled our wonderful Jesus. Faith said the devil was defeated before Jesus went to the cross. Jesus looked ahead and saw the billions of lives that would be saved by his act of sacrifice. He took every sin upon himself at the cross. He took you stealing from work, he took your drunkedness, your addiction, your lies. Your past sins, he took upon himself and took your punishment, your present sins he took upon himself. Even your future sins he took years ago on the cross in the most awe-inspiring story of love and sacrifice and God’s unwavering love for you.
If you know Jesus, I encourage you to take a moment and praise him for his wonderful act of love and for the change he has brought in your life. Give a shout out for the Lord! If you have not made Jesus your Lord, he is waiting for you. Let him come into your heart. “Jesus come into my heart. I ask you to be my Lord”. Tell someone if you have made Jesus your Lord, and welcome into the family that God loves.
Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.