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Friday, 2 April 2021

LOVE ~ Sent Jesus to the Cross!.

Greetings dear folks on this Good Friday.. we remember the ONE Who gave the greatest gift of all!
It amazes me the changeability of human nature, with the days leading up to trial and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the first day of that week (we now call it Palm Sunday) they are crying to Jesus a Kingly welcome:
..... and then all but a five days later, that same crowd are crying when Pilate, in an attempt to let Jesus go, asked : 
"What should we do with Jesus? and they cried "Crucify Him!" 
Yet we too are changeable - often we may blow with the wind, or go with flow, as it is easer than swimming against the tide of public opinion. 
Instead - let us be Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, our Saviour Jesus.
However on that Friday all those years ago, God had a greater end in view though! God sees what we cannot, and He saw that man needed a way of salvation from their sin. 
When we are bowed down with care and trouble there is ONE Who cares and wants to bear it for us... that is why the Father sent His Son, the LORD Jesus!

It was LOVE - LOVE that sent Jesus to the cross
LOVE that held Him there till redemption was finished, ..” He said, “It is finished!” John 19:30 

"And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost." Luke 23:46

Notice that .. He gave up His life ... it was not taken from Him. 
Jesus, God in the flesh, came down to earth to live among men. 

As Hebrews say : " He was tested in all points as we are, yet without sin." 
He was sinless perfect BUT He knows our struggles.. our cares, sorrows. 
Surely he hath born our sorrows and our grief"

LOOK! This chapter in Isaiah 53 written so many, many centuries before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah  drew the picture of the very death Jesus would suffer for our sin, on the tree .. read and be amazed at the detail, and be oh, so very grateful too - see here.
Satan thought He had won a victory on the cross. He thought  wrongly though - for it was God's way of Salvation and Satan's defeat.
It was on the cruel cross that the first prophecy about Satan's defeat was fulfilled, one of many. See Genesis 3:15  
As this verse above says - GREATER is He that is in YOU -  by faith if we have trusted in the LORD Jesus as Saviour we receive the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and lives.. 
God's spirit is great than any power, with which Satan might to seek to deceive us.
This is the verse that led to my salvation many years ago.
Read about it here and it summarises what Good Friday means, and really WHY GOOD FRIDAY IS GOOD - for it was when the LORD gave up His life for us, and so bought our salvation. Satan’s hold on death was defeated! His blood is the cleansing power for sin.. but salvation is gift.
It is NEVER ours unless it is taken..
Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, Jesus!
On this day when we remember the greatest gift of all, when the Lord Jesus laid down His life on the cross, shed His blood for our sin, that we might by faith in Him have life for an eternity in heaven. 
How rich are we in Him! if we know Him as out our own Saviour!

Every blessing of the LORD, dear friends upon you and your dear ones on such a special day.
Shaz in Oz.x

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Martha Jane Orlando said...

Such a beautiful and meaningful reflection on what Good Friday is all about, Shaz. Thank you for reminding all your readers that Jesus chose death in order that we might have life eternal.

Betsy said...

Amen dear Shaz! What a wonderful post reminding us all of what Jesus did on that cross. If he hadn't died, we would still have to provide our own sacrifices. But HE took care of all of that for us. Hallelujah and Amen!
I often wonder at the unpredictability of people and your example is a perfect one. The way people have acted in the past year is also very much like "swaying reeds."
I just watched a live stream of the Maunday Thursday service from our church in Omaha. So moving. So touching.
Blessings and hugs and HOPE,

Anne said...

Such a beautiful reflection on what Jesus has done for us. How God loves us and who are we? It is very humbling. Many thanks Sis for your devotion to drawing us together in the living Word of God that gives us life. xxx

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, Shaz...your heart... is such a reflection of your relationship with our LORD, God. Your words always bring joy to my heart. Thank you! God Bless you.