We Remember

Crown of Thorns

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I can’t escape the word sacrifice, especially not this week.

This week I’m peering deep and remembering.

I’m remembering:

the One who came and sacrificed all for me.

the King who was born in a stable and made His royal debut on a donkey.

the Messiah who felt and wept and cared for people; who opened eyes and healed hearts and fed hungry souls.

God dwelling among sinners, stooping to wash dirty feet, dying to cleanse us from the inside out.

He “did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

He came, not to condemn but to save (John 3:17)!

He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquity and by His wounds, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)!

He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
 it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
 He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.

 Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.

He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.

When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied …
[for he] will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.

(Isaiah 53: 3-11 NLT)

There are no words to express how thankful I am for Jesus Christ and the gift of grace.
Praying that as we reflect on Jesus’ death today, you, too, will be overwhelmed by His love for you.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of GOD!” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

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  1. Absolutely wonderful…totally feel God’s love-thank you

  2. Precious words of remembrance!
    God bless you this weekend!

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