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He Himself Bore Our Sins

April 12, 2016

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He Himself  Bore Our Sins

We often do things  and say things  to influence someone.     For instance,  when a friend  is mourning,  we give them tender hugs  that we might  let them be comforted.     When a worker does an extra good job,  we give them a bonus  that we might  let them know  their efforts  are appreciated.     When a child plays unfairly  with other children,  we give him  the benefit  of discipline  that we might lead him  to realize  the error  of his ways.     This list could get lengthy.

God also does things  so that we might  be led  to repentance,  faith,  and salvation.     Because  of the awful depth  of our sins,  God has had  to show His almighty love  and power  to save us  from the consequences  of our sins  so that we might come  to know  His love  and truly repent  of our sins.     And so,  1 Peter 2:24-25  tells us,

He Himself bore  our sins  in His body  on the cross,  that we might die  to sin  and live  to righteousness;  for by His wounds  you were healed.

For you were continually straying  like sheep,  but now you have returned  to the Shepherd  and Guardian  of your souls.

Jesus had  very good reason  for willingly suffering  in utter agony  on that cross.     He wants us  to see  the one  and only price  that could possibly pay  for all our sins.     We are the cause  of Jesus’ cruel death.     God wants us  to see  that our sins  were all laid  on Jesus  as He suffered  and died  so that we might learn  the meaning  of God’s love  for us.

Jesus never once sinned.     He did not deserve such cruelty.     But,  we do deserve  eternal punishment  for all that we have done.     As we see  our sins  laid on Jesus  —  they are all there  without a doubt  —  we need  to see  and understand  the love  of God  for us.     Seeing the reality  of our situation,  we need  to repent  —  i.e.  “die to sin  and live for righteousness.”

Jesus did not suffer  and die  so we could blithely continue  through this life  in wickedness.     God wants  to see  a definite change  in our lives.     In that change,  God wants us  to understand  the meaning  of true love  and obedience.     He has shown us  perfect love  in Christ  that we might  repent  and have changed lives.

What’s the sense  of His suffering  and death  for us  if it does not change  our wicked ways?     God proved His absolute almighty power  for us  in the resurrection.     God put that all  on display  for us  so that we might wake up  and realize our need  for heading  in the right direction.     If we are  to stay spiritually safe  in this world,  we must stay close  to the Good Shepherd.     If we choose  to stray,  Satan will get us.

We need  to ask ourselves,  “Do I see my sins  all laid  on Jesus?     Do I see  the consequences  of my sins?     Do I see Jesus’ absolute love  for me?”

So,  what am I going  to do  about it?

Jesus wants me to  “die to sin  and live  to righteousness”.     That means  to repent  —  to change my mind  about what I want  in this world  and start living  like a child  of the King  —  all for the love  of God.     Jesus wants me  to remember  His wounds  for me.     As I remember  —  really remember  and see  that they are there because  of me  —  I will be healed  in my heart  and soul.

Seeing Jesus’ love  —  confessing our sins  and repenting  —  and accepting the free gift  of forgiveness  and eternal salvation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done  all things  for us  “that we might die  to sin  and live to righteousness”.     Always keep us close  to Your side  with eyes wide open,  that we might truly live.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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