As I've mentioned before, my favorite Bible study is going through the book of John this year. Due to this fact we are spending more time focusing on "Easter" after the date...in much detail. I must admit my first reaction to this was, "ugh...this is so heavy and sorrowful...I want to move past to the joy and hope." It has become very clear that is not what God wanted for me...I have a lot to learn from Christ's sufferings.
Are you ever shocked by how truths of scripture just flow out of your mouth without you really thinking about them? Do they lose their emotional value and weight? In dealing with small children this is often the case...I am thankful (truly) for Christ's death on the cross for my sins but I forget the awfulness of that sacrifice..or maybe, I just want to move on to the joy and hope. You cannot fully have one without the other. If you do not truly understand your awful rotten sinfulness you will not have the fullest joy and hope for the future.
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Cor. 5:12
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." 2 Cor. 8:9
"You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." Rev. 3:17
I know some of you are still wondering how I ended up with a picture of an Austen wedding with Revelation 19 on it. Well, I'll tell you... perhaps the most interesting thing that I got out of this week was that contrast of him becoming naked and humiliated on the cross...for me. Why did he do it? We are naked and filthy rags before God...but when Jesus became our sacrifice he was naked and carried all our sins...and because of that...I'm clothed in wedding clothes...pure and white! Do you see what it says..."fine linen, clean and bright...HAS BEEN GIVEN HER TO WEAR!" Hallelujah, that's my Savior!
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