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Expressions from the Heart

It Is Done. He Is Risen!


cross1It is Easter night and I find myself thinking back on the week’s activities and events that took place. Last Sunday this time I started to think about what Jesus, during his time, would be going through as the day of crucifixion drew nearer. Despite all the drama going on around me with work and personal matters, all I wanted to do was focus on Jesus; nothing else mattered during those days…nothing else seemed important enough to brood over…nothing but the death of Jesus and the meaning of his blood poured out for us all. For one week, my prayers centered around Jesus and not my wants. I was drawn to appreciate the sacrifice he did for me; the pain and suffering he underwent on my behalf.

 

I remembered the words at Isaiah 53 where God’s plan of Redemption is outlined. Our sin brought pain and suffering into the world; we became alienated from God. However, Jesus was the “restitution offering” that would pay for our sins and reconcile us to God. Isaiah’s prophesy of the coming Messiah would affect each one of us.  Vs 2, 3 – “For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face he was despised, and we did not esteem Him”.

 

The messiah would not be recognizable; in fact, he would be someone we would never expect. Only those with faith would recognize him. Isaiah prophesied that he savior would carry our sins and pains. Jesus carried the weight of our sicknesses, he was blames and faultless, but he suffered for our sins.  In Luke 23:13-24, we read the account of Barabbas. Jesus was up against a convicted felon. Jesus was the one supposed to be freed because he was not convicted of a crime, unlike Barabbas. Nevertheless, Jesus took the place of Barabbas – in affect, he also took our place at the cross. We were already convicted in our sin…Jesus was perfect and commited no crime. Yet, Jesus fulfilled his Father’s will for him so that we may be reconciled to Him. He was the “restitution offering” (Lev6:1-7)

 

Vs 7 “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so he did not open His mouth”.  Jesus submitted to injustice for the purpose of fulfilling his Father’s will for him on earth. He also didn’t cry out in defense, but would go willingly with his accusers. Jesus was falsly accused, yet he suffered all of this for our benefit. Jesus made life possible for us through his sacrificial death.

 

However, Jesus conquered the world.  Acts 2:22-24 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know – this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God you nailed to a cross by the hand of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power”.  Because of God’s promised, death could not keep Jesus in the grave; Jesus conquered death! He is Risen!

 

My prayer for you (and myself) is that we understand God’s redemption as a way of life all year long, and not only during this special time of year. We have been purchased with the blood of Jesus. We can now enter into the Most Holy Place before our Father because we have been cleansed by Jesus blood (See journal “Christ the Passover – Part Two”). I resolve to claim the blood of Christ when I find myself in need of redemption and for those for whom I pray for.  I hope everyone had a blessed week this Easter season!

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April 12, 2009 - Posted by | According to Scripture | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Happy Easter Linda!
    Though I’m a few days late in this response, you did say you were praying for us to understand God’s redemption as a way of life ALL YEAR LONG, so I can say “Happy Easter” in July if I wanna!

    Even so, I am thankful for special holidays such as Christmas and Easter, because we are drawn to reflect on what’s been given. And with this season, it prompted your wonderful post about Jesus and the meaning of his sacrifice. God is good, He gives us joy to share. Thank you for sharing yours! Happy Easter! He is Risen!

    Comment by Julie | April 14, 2009


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