Friday, April 18, 2014

Today, we remember. . .

"What shall I do then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?' Pilate asked them.  'Crucify him!' they shouted. 'Why? What crime has he committed?' asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!" Mark 15:12-14

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. 
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for OUR transgressions, he was crushed for OUR iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds WE ARE HEALED.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgement he was taken away.  Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53

Today we remember.  We remember what you went through for us.  Father, today our hearts should break for what our sin did to you, and today we should be overwhelmed with love and gratitude for what your pain and your sacrifice has done for us. Today is not just any other day; today is the day you changed the world. Today is the day you displayed your love for me, even knowing I would throw it back in your face.  "Thank you" doesn't even come close to showing you the amount of gratitude you deserve. I am unworthy of this sacrifice you made for me. I absolutely do not deserve it. I am humbled by your love for me, and I am in awe of your compassion and your grace.  Thank you Father. Thank you for loving me. Forgive me for how often I disregard your love and your sacrifice. Your love for me is indescribable and incomprehensible.  Do not ever let me forget to be grateful.

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