Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resurrection Day

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace and with his stripes we are healed. –Isaiah 53:5

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. –Isaiah 53:6

Can you imagine?
Me either.

What if God asked you to carry (to take on; to claim; to have laid upon you) “the iniquity” (sins) of everyone? Of everyone?!

No thank you! I love you LORD, but…

We back away, hands raised in front of us…no, no, no, not I, Lord, not I…

But He…Jesus…The Christ…the Promised One…Messiah…Emmanuel… God made man…took the cup and drank it to the full. Drank it. ALL. To the FULL. The sins of every one. Everyone!

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. –John 19:30

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ –Acts 2:22-28

David spoke and foresaw the resurrection of the Christ and it happened just as he wrote that it would.

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” –Acts 2:36

And they were “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37) and said “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” –Acts 2:38

Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. –Hebrews 3:15

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