Good Friday, the day Jesus tore the veil and closed the gap between man and God. His blood shed, not by force, but His life voluntarily sacrificed for us... the physical pain...unimaginable...The weight of our sin upon His pure and unadulterated soul... unbearable. Yet... YOU were worth it all!
Living this life as a man, He understood the pain and trials that we face. He allowed His flesh to be shredded as He was whipped, so that you could experience His miraculous healing power. He offered His life so that you could experience freedom from the manipulation and control of sin. He left no stone uncovered as He paid the price for every trial, sin, betrayal, heartache, anxiety, shame, sorrow, sickness and disease! Everything that concerns YOU He's already taken care of!
He was stripped, mocked, a crown of thorns was forced into His head, spit upon, beaten and crucified. Not because He was weak, He could have easily turned this situation around, but He would have never gotten the results He desired...a relationship with you!
No matter what you've been told, you are not worthless or second best! You are deeply desired and loved! If this sacrifice was just for you, He still would have done it! As He hung on that cross, it wasn't the multitudes He thought of...but YOU! You were worth the greatest price ever paid!
Even though He did all this for for us, many are still satisfied at the bottom of the mountain, allowing others to feed them a regurgitated message, instead of climbing up and getting close enough to Him to hear His voice, feed from His Word and drink from the Fountain of Living Water!
It's time to draw closer! It's not a long distance relationship He desires, but an intimate and passionate union that produces life changing fruit! Stop standing on the outside looking in! It's time to surrender all to the one who gave it all for YOU!!
Isaiah 53:3-12 (NLT) 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. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 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.Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.