Monday's Ministry Morsel
This week, like few others carries with it spiritual significance for every born again believer. This week, we remember the finished work of Christ's redemption for sin--yours, mine, anyone and everyone who would take of the offer that God, Himself did proffer.
Salvation was/is provided at great cost to God on our behalf. Yet, during those long hours leading up to Calvary; the sleepless night, the failure of the flesh in those closest to Him, the seemingly endless interrogation and condemnation of proud pious men, the physical abuse of beating & scourging, the mental anguish of being cursed and spat upon, the loneliness of the long journey to Calvary under extreme physical duress, only to make your way to your designed destination and be nailed to a cross by a Roman soldier and judged as sin; forsaken by people and ultimately by God. There, that day at the place of the skull, Golgotha, Jesus would experience the weight of God's wrath in all its fullness on sin for the benefit of others--(all of which were worse than He in character and conduct.)
Where would you have stopped the process of making it possible for sinful people to be and live at peace with Holy God? Where would you have abandoned the plan because it was too uncomfortable or you felt some of it unnecessary? When would you have called a time out or cried foul? Where would you have taken your proverbial ball and gone home because you felt mistreated or you weren't given fair treatment?
The Hebrew writer penned it this way under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews 12:2--
"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Sinners were His joy. He stayed with the plan and finished for us!
I am so thankful God didn't send a preacher or a missionary or a deacon or teacher or a nursery worker or an evangelist or an angel to fulfill the plan of redemption. When it counted, when everything was on the line, God sent Himself in the form of a human being in order to identify with every human being and deliver them from sin!
This week we remember the day God died for sin so that people under sin might no longer be. On the first day of next week, this coming Sunday, we celebrate the rest and best of HIS STORY!
Hope you will be among us! I pray that in 'looking unto Jesus' you will invite, encourage and bring someone with you to share in the experience.
Do it for the joy of seeing others benefit from His salvation! Do it for Jesus!
May the Lord bless His work in each of you this week!
1 Corinthians 15:58