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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GOD’S WONDROUS LOVE

“He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.  He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.  And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away.”  Isaiah 53:7-8a
       This portion of scripture from the Prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament speaks of what would take place when the Messiah came to dwell among His people.  Since the Jews were expected a warrior King to arrive to smite the Romans and allow Israel to lay claim once again to its land without interference, this must have been confusing to them. These actions by Jesus ushered in the period of God’s grace that still exists today. 
       Although He was the Son of God, He was treated harshly and with contempt; they simply didn’t know who He truly was.  In the face of such treatment Jesus said nothing.  He allowed Himself to be led wherever the Pharisees felt the need to take Him.  Jesus allowed the Romans soldiers to beat Him about the head, thus knocking the 2” long Judean thorns that made of His makeshift crown into His scalp and forehead.  The Lord allowed them to then flog Him with a scourge, embedded with broken glass, pieces of jagged bone and sharp metal.  These embedded pieces grabbed His flesh and tore chunks from His body.  Christ allowed all this because that was part of the plan God had to forgive the sins of mankind.
       This is a perfect example of what I’ve been saying about Almighty God either causing or allowing all things.  He allowed His own Son to be slaughtered for you and me.  In effect, Christ was reduce to raw hamburger meat; that’s how bloodied, beaten and disfigured He was.  No artist rendering has ever fully captured the true image of Christ on the cross.  Jesus deserved none of the treatment He received, but He willingly endured it because He knew He had to. Jesus could have completely destroyed all life forms on this planet with one word, but He didn’t because He knew His death was the only sacrifice that would cleanse a man’s sin completely and eternally. Remember that each day, not just on Good Friday or Resurrection Sunday.  Christ died for you so you could live for Him!  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

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