by His wounds you have been healed!

1 Peter 2.24

“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Pete 2:24

Many of us have experienced some circumstance or situation that is so devastating or horrific for someone we love, perhaps a child or a parent, that we share with them and perhaps others that if we go through it in their stead, we would. But the truth is that no matter how much we may want to, we can’t because the circumstance or situation came to our love one.

As a I meditate of the Scripture above at this moment, I am ever mindful of being born with a sin nature and zillion sins I have committed in my lifetime. How my life was one of rebellion and transgression again the Holy, Pure and Perfect God. Ephesians 2:1, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” Verse 3, “All of us also lived  gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts, that we are by nature deserving of wrath.” I hear Habakkuk questioning God in 1:13, Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Yeah, that would be me…dead, reveling in sin that separates me from the Holy God who created me for Himself, deceived and foolish! Foolish because sin demands a wage. It must receive payment and the One created man and the world has the right to set the wage. The due punishment is death, separation from the One I rebelled against and rejected. Even in my limited mind and understanding, I understand that this payment is just.

What am I to do for Hebrews 9:22 declares that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin? Every man is in need of a perfect, spotless, blemish free lamb to offer as a sacrifice for our sins and yet, no mere man would ever qualify because of our sin. God cannot leave my sin unpunished for it would go against His just, holy, pure and perfect nature.

But God!
But God! While I as a loving parent cannot take on my child’s circumstance, cannot change my son’s situation, our God can! “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” But God loves…But God is pure, perfect, and just…But God so loved!

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life an offering for sin, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.” Isaiah 53:10

“…Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2b

For 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, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19

Heavenly Father, You are Holy, Righteous, Pure, and Perfect! There is none other like You! Truly, You are worthy of all our praise, honor, devotion, gratitude and all glory! We thank you today for giving your precious Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior to die on our behalf so we could enjoy You as our greatest Treasure, soul satisfaction, and have eternal life in Your loving presence forever. There are not enough words to express our grateful hearts for Jesus suffering and dying as our Sacrificial Lamb so we could be made right with you and experience intimate, personal relationship. We are so very thankful that Jesus paid it all and all to Him we owe. Help us, teach us, anoint us as we meditate upon His finished work at the cross, His resurrection from the dead, and the difference it makes in our lives to love You and others, worship only You, and serve You as we serve others as oaks of righteous in a display of Your Glory!
In the Name of our Redeemer, Jesus the Christ, Amen!

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Hope for today

HopeDon’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.
1 Peter 3:9

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Why, oh why?

Genesis 50.20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Have you ever been present in a Bible Study, Sunday School class, or conversation as man tries to figure out, for certain, who is responsible for Jesus’ death? Was it the the Jews who cried out “crucify him, crucify him,” the Romans soldiers, Judas, Herod, Pilate, or the Sanhedrin?

The discussion/conversation usually ends with words that point us to the truth. The Word of God tells us and certainly His Spirit testifies to our spirit…we can have no doubt that it was human sin that caused Jesus to be on that cross. Certainly, the enemy was there and we cannot deny that man is responsible for the many horrible and sinful actions as Jesus was brutally mocked, suffered, bled and died at Calvary. I may not have been there in physical body but surely and most gratefully my sin nature and sins were present.

I am reminded that God so loved… that He gaveHis Son…for me. Jesus willingly suffered and gave His life…for the world, but for me. The intense suffering and death of Christ is called the Passion. Love so intense that what Satan meant for harm, God used for good that we would have eternal life.

I have always imagined that satan and his demons were dancing, having a party when Jesus said, “It is finished.” They thought that they had won when in reality God was saying, you meant it for harm but my purpose was for good. Peter preached it in Acts 4:

Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
Acts 4:27-28

The best commentary on the Word of God is the Word of God. This truth is confirmed:

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer…(Isaiah 53:10)”

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)?”

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith (Romans 3:25).”

This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross (Acts 2:23).”

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father (John 10:17-18).”

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).”

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16).”

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).”

John 12.27

Absolutely amazing grace!
Selah!

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Hope for today

Hope14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

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Not according to our works…

2 Tim 1.9

He [God] has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:9

It is verses like the one above that causes me to pause and ponder…and causes the Word to prepare my heart for a great celebration. It allows me to know that God had purpose in it all, that He was not caught off guard, that He is all-knowing, and in control…the Sovreign God, always has been and always will be.

Did you catch it: Before the beginning of time, God knew that we would need grace and He gave it. Jesus came to reveal that grace!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4,14

When we look at 2 Timothy 1:9, we see the One, True and Living God as the One who has the power to save. The world’s refusal to accept that Jesus and Jesus alone is “The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6) makes it no less true. He is the One who creates, who delivers from sin, death, satan, and hell, who redeems, who justifies, who has the power to save and who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. You shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

The Father calling man into holy living through His Son who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

This grace was not because of our good works or anything that we have done or ever will do but was in fact, it “was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

“He [God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.(Titus 3:5).”

“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.(Hebrews 2:14)”

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

Selah – Shout Now: Hallelujah, Thank You, Jesus!

John 1.14

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Hope for today: Beauty for ashes…

HopeTo grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified”
Isaiah 61:3

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Hope for today: NEVER alone

Hope“And behold, I Am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5b

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Wisdom Wednesday

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“Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight.
He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:24

Blessings today! God’s great love demonstrated at the cross and cause for many ‘selah’ moments that causes unspeakable joy! I hope the following Scriptures and quotes will cause us to rejoice for we know our Redeemer lives. To God be the glory!

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14Grace 9Grace 8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

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For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.Titus 2:11

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Grace 9And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Roman 11:6Grace 1Grace 4

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:20-24

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Hope for today: Gracious is the Lord

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Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, He saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:5-9

God’s provision for sin

Romans 5.8

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father”
Galatians 1:3-4

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” Romans 3:21-22

 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding” Ephesians 1:7-8

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—” 1 Timothy 1:15a

“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:18

“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!  All this is from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And He has given us the task of bringing others back to Him through Christ. God was bringing the world back to Himself through Christ. He did not hold people’s sins against them. God has trusted us with the message that people may be brought back to Him. So we are Christ’s official messengers. It is as if God were making His appeal through us. Here is what Christ wants us to beg you to do. Come back to God! Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made Him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Salvation

Romans5.8

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