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Friday, March 29, 2013
The Greatest Sacrifice
Today is the day we remember the sacrifice, the torture, pain, humiliation, and finally the death. All of this because God loved the world so much that He sacrified His only begotten Son to save the entire world.
Each year on Good Friday, I go to Church and join in the stations of the cross. My heart is heavy knowing how much He suffered for me. I leave and walk into the darkness knowing I am an imperfect soul given redemption only through the grace of God. How can he love me so much? Truly, it is too much to understand.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others--one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."
Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written." John 19:17-22
On Sunday morning we will celebrate, for nothing is too great for our God! On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. He left the earthly world to take His place in heaven with His Father, Our Father, but He left the Holy Spirit with us.
The Holy Spirit is that voice within us that speaks and guides us to walk the chosen path in this life. The path that is preparing us for our forever home when one day we will join our Savior and Father in the beautiful new world He will create. A world with no more pain, no more tears, no more sin...and death will be no more.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." John 20:19-23
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:26-29