Monday, March 28, 2016

Jesus Died

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Scripture: Luke 23:55-56
Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes.  And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Insights: Yesterday was Easter.  I hope you intentionally went to a worship service with the desire of seeking the Lord God.  I pray you encountered Him yesterday and did not just endure to appease family sentiment.  The first point I made in my sermon yesterday was the fact Jesus actually died.  In other words, He did not swoon on the cross.  He did not fake His death by fainting.  He actually died.  Another theory which was taught by the Jewish people was Jesus’ disciples stole His body.  All of Jesus’ disciple died a martyrs death accept for John and he was condemned to the Island of Patmos to live out the last of his days.  I mention the disciple’s martyrdom because in most of the cases these disciples were also touched and asked to renounce their faith.  If they had actually stolen and hidden the body, it would be highly probable that one of them would have confessed to the theft.  Yet, not a single disciple at the point of torture and death recanted their belief in Jesus’ death and resurrection.  The point I am making is Jesus DIED, period.  He bore the wrath of God for our sins.  He who knew no sin became sin for our sake that we might become children of God.  Beloved, I believe we ought to live life with this kind or rectitude and resolve for our devotion with the King.  He paid it all that we might have life.  We ought to live with the appropriate gratitude for His goodness and grace.  I pray throughout this day that you are mindful of Jesus’ death and the price He paid for your reconciliation to the Triune God.  I would also challenge you to share this truth with those who have not encountered Jesus yet.  Tell them of His amazing love and grace.  Let them know what He did for them on the cross of Calvary for their sins.  May Jesus be brought glory because of Your faithfulness. 

1. What is your take on the death of Jesus?
2. How do you express your gratitude for His work on the cross for the payment of your sins?

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son.  Thank You for His death as payment for my sins.  May I grow in grace and serve You for all You have done for me. Amen.

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