Short, concise, but oh so powerful. Tonight Passover begins. The death angel passed over the homes where the blood was applied. The sacrifices of the Old Testament were required on a continual basis. They did not take away sin. Jesus’ blood, shed on the cross at Calvary, was the once for all atonement for sin forever.
This week is a time to reflect on what we believe. Does the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ impact your life daily? It should. If it does not, your Christian life is probably weak and less than victorious.
Read the passages in Scripture that pertain to the false accusations, illegal trial, His beatings, torture, and murder, and then remember He did that for you. Also remember, it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross.
Look! Gaze! See! Behold!
The doctrine of the death of Christ for our sins, should inspire us with greater love for the Lord Jesus.
Can you look at His dear wounds–and not be wounded with love for Him?
Are not His wounds as mouths which plead with you to yield Him all your heart?
Can you gaze upon His face bedewed with bloody sweat–and then go away and be ensnared with the world’s painted beauties?
Oh, for the vision of the Crucified!
When shall we see the face that was so marred for us?
When shall we behold the hands and feet which bear the nail-marks still–and look into the wounded side bejeweled with the spear-wound?
Oh, when shall we leave all our sins and griefs–forever to behold Him?
Our hope, our solace, our glory, our victory–are all found in the blood of the Lamb, to whom be glory for ever and ever! Amen.
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001