Thursday, April 5, 2012
Thoughts During Holy Week-3
“By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken. 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. Isaiah 53: 7-8 (NIV)
“For he was cut off from the land of the living;” God took His Son away from life here on earth. He removed Jesus from the lives of those who followed Him. In light of what they saw happen, those disciples felt intense sadness. No, not all of them were true to Jesus. They loved Him and felt great loss.
“ . . . though he had done no violence nor was any deceit in his mouth.” What made this event hard for the disciples was the fact that Jesus was perfect- no one has been able to make that claim before or since. Even one of the thieves on a nearby cross recognized Christ’s perfection.
We now understand the reason behind God’s decision to allow His Son to die such a horrible death. He let this transpire because of His love for us-His children, for those who would come to worship Him in the future, and for those yet to know Him.
We know we won’t fully understand the reason Your Son chose to shed His blood for our sins; but we thank You for the fact He did. Thank You for that great love You have given us. We praise You for Who You are. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN