Wisdom Wednesday

1 John 2.2aMy dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:2

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday and we continue to give God glory for His grace and mercy…for so loving the world that He Himself atoned for our sins! It is amazing to me the number of people, even Christians, who would rather not discuss “the blood.” The number of times that I have been told that it is “just too horrible for me.” I thought I would find so simple words and ask God to open our hearts to understand that “the blood” gives us reason to shout. Only the One, True, and Living God could love us so much that He would give His Son as our Sacrificial Lamb. This truth is not to be avoided but embraced with such love that it causes us to worship this God as our Lord, Savior, and Greatest Treasure. Perhaps just one of the Scriptures or quotes below will cause you meditate on the loving goodness of God…bow before Him…and worship.

From gotquestions.org:

“The whole of the Old Testament, every book, points toward the Great Sacrifice that was to come—that of Jesus’ sacrificial giving of His own life on our behalf. Leviticus 17:11 is the Old Testament’s central statement about the significance of blood in the sacrificial system. God, speaking to Moses, declares: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

A “sacrifice” is defined as the offering up of something precious for a cause or a reason. Making atonement is satisfying someone or something for an offense committed. The Leviticus verse can be read more clearly now: God said, “I have given it to you (the creature’s life, which is in its blood) to make atonement for yourselves (covering the offense you have committed against Me).” In other words, those who are covered by the blood sacrifice are set free from the consequences of sin.”

Mercy 16For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Mercy 21But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5mercy-20.jpgFor you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19Mercy 19And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 5:9
Mercy 18He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…Titus 3:5Mercy 10The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29Mercy 17God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. Romans 3:25aMercy 14For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17Mercy 11

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This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10Mercy 7And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14Mercy 5

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To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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8 thoughts on “Wisdom Wednesday

  1. My dad complained about how bloody “Passion of the Christ” was. I stared at him. What did he think a flogging entailed? What did he think a crown of thorns would do? What did he imagine being nailed to a cross would look like if not brutal and bloody? I fear the sacrifice of Jesus is too often sanitized to protect delicate sensibilities and only manage to reduce to shallow nothingness the depth, power, and courage of a sacrifice already beyond our imagining. Thanks for the reminder of the awesomeness of God’s mercy and Jesus willingness to endure unimaginable pain and anguish. I’m reminded He would have done it if it had been for me alone.

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  2. ~~ “It is amazing to me the number of people, even Christians, who would rather not discuss “the blood.” The number of times that I have been told that it is “just too horrible for me.” ~~

    Tough! People should be grossed out by the bloodiness and gore of Jesus’ execution through crucifixion. Everybody needs to see just how horribly He suffered in our place, dying for our sins. His taking our punishment was not a slap on the back of the hand with a stern warning of, “Now don’t do that again!” (Kind of like the new type of parenting we see today. Actions without consequences.) If anybody thinks they can withstand what Jesus went through on their behalf; hey, give it your all. You will soon realise what He did for you.

    My nephew once “hung” on a cross for Good Friday, standing on a peg with both feet and arms extended holding pegs. He did this for a few hours as a display outside his church. He said it was gruelling. Now, imagine being nailed and bloodied and bruised, and broken!

    My apologies for ranting, but this has always been a sore spot for me when people say the gore offends them.

    Blessings to you, Pat 😊

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  3. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 “The atonement in Jesus Christ’s blood is perfect. God is perfect. Amen!

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