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Who Considered

September 17, 2018

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Who Considered

So much of the time  we don’t think.     We just blithely take so much for granted  and never consider  what all has taken place  in order to provide  for our needs.     For example,  behind the scenes  of our computers  there are all sorts of innovations  and coordinations  of all sorts  of processes and technologies.     We don’t think about it  until trouble strikes.

The same goes  for the food,  clothing,  hardware,  etc. that we simply go to the store  and buy.     It took much work,  planning,  and processing  in order for us  to have any of these things,  but we don’t think about that,  and often do not appreciate  all that has been done.

The same is true  in all that God has done  for our salvation  in Jesus Christ.     Nobody takes the time  to consider all  that God did  to make so many prophecies come true  in the one man,  Jesus.     All those  who took part  in condemning Jesus  and crucifying Him,  never once considered  that all  that was taking place,  gruesome as it was,  was happening  just so that Jesus would become  the ultimate sacrifice  that would wash away  all our sins.

Isaiah 53:8  prophesied  about Jesus more than 700 years  before He was born,

By oppression and judgment  He was taken away;    
And  as for His generation,  who considered    
That He was cut off  out of the land  of the living,    
For the transgression  of my people  to whom the stroke was due?

Jesus was very oppressed  by the hoity-toity religious leaders  of His day.     They oppressed the Christ  because they were jealous  over all the people listening  to Him  and repenting of their sins.     They oppressed Jesus  because He showed them their sins  and condemned their sins  in public.     It was with hatred and self-righteousness  that  they judged Jesus  to not be the promised Christ.

As Jesus’  followers watched  this contrived,  self-righteous condemnation  of the Lord — and saw Him shamelessly crucified  for no good reason at all — they never once considered  that all this was happening  according to prophesy.     Jesus was being  “cut off  out of the land  of the living”  so that our sins  could be washed away.     They were witnessing God  keeping His promises  of a Savior.

Certainly,  this  “stroke was due”  to each of us,  because we are the ones  who have really transgressed.     We are the ones  who deserve  to be punished.

And yet,  as we go about  from day to day,  do we ever consider  all that Jesus did for us  on that cross?     Do we consider  that  “He was cut off  out of the land  of the living”   just so that we  could live eternally?     Do we consider the putridness  of our transgressions  and how greatly we deserve  the punishments of hell?

In our hearts,  do we oppress  and judge Jesus  to not be the Savior?     As we observe the unbelievers  in this world today,  it’s obvious  that they oppress every mention  of Jesus as our Savior.     They judge Jesus  to be a fool’s Savior,  and claim  that they don’t need forgiveness  from such a fake.

We all get  to consider Jesus today.     Do we judge Him  to be our Savior  from all our sins?     Or,  do we judge Him  with hatred  because He points our sins?

Our lives are short.     It will soon be time  for Jesus  to judge.     How will Jesus need  to judge us?     Let us consider  all that God has done  through the ages  to give us the Savior — and let us thank and praise our Lord  for His immense love  and mercy.

As we consider each day  who we are  and  who God is,  we reach out  to our Lord and say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  Your love for me is  from everlasting.     Your mercy  and compassion lift me up  and give me the hope  of eternal life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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