Today is truly a day of reflection, gratitude, repentance and a reminder of the cost of our redemption.
“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.” Isaiah 53:5
Pastor Vernon Rainwater (one of my favorite Pastors of all time) weeps every time He talks about remembering what Jesus did on the cross for you and I. My heart would fill with such gratitude every time he shared communion and brought us to the moment of what Jesus did for us.
Today is our day to remember all that Jesus did for us on the cross. This is the day God showed His true love for mankind by giving up His life so we could have eternal life with Him.
The ashes that marked our foreheads on Ash Wednesday just weeks ago, held a reminder for us. We are but dust. Yet His story reminds us of so much more - we are redeemed. We are set free. We have been given new life, an open door, through Jesus Christ.
The ashes are a clear picture of the frailty of human existence. And though many times we may somehow think we’re invincible in this life, or even led to believe that we are not “needy” of a Savior, when hit with life’s struggles or face to face with painful events, we quickly remember, we need help. We need a Savior. Never has this been more evident than what is unfolding before our eyes with the Corona Virus.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We have One, who also was broken, in ways we could never fully comprehend, yet he remained strong, and chose to endure it all - for us. I am sure you are like me and can't fathom this kind of love.. It is something we can never forget.
He extends grace to remind us we don’t have to stay stuck in our struggle and pain. He holds good in store through it all, able to bring greater purpose, greater beauty, greater strength. He never intends for us to remain in the pit of our despair. For he breathes fresh life.
God brought beauty out of the brokenness of the cross, he gives beauty for our ashes. His sacrifice offers forgiveness for our sin. The power of the Resurrection is our everything!! He is our hope for our future.
There’s such power there. God sent His Only Son. He loved. He gave. There was no other way...but this.
WE MUST NEVER FORGET...
As we enter into this weekend, may we take a closer look at the reality of it all. The suffering of the cross. The huge sacrifice that Christ paid. The pain that was endured. The great cost of His gift. The love that was shown. The freedom He offers. It’s not a flowery picture of fluff and stuff. But it's the most powerful story ever told.
Incredible sacrifice. Amazing grace. Lavish love..THE ULTIMATE GIFT...
Dear Jehova-Rapha ( The Lord our healer)
We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. You paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.
Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely given, what you have done for us.
Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting.
Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for you are making all things new.
In Jesus’ Name,
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
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Have a blessed day remembering Him.