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Jesus felt the ultimate separation when He paid the price of love on the cross. He, who was both human and divine, fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy 700 years later. In Isaiah 53, we learn of Jesus Christ as the suffering servant. How did Jesus suffer?
(1) He was pierced.
(2) He was nailed to the cross.
(3) By His wounds we are healed.
Because of love, He received the abuse from crowds and soldiers. Because of love, He suffered and died to be the perfect sacrifice in our place before the Father. We live because of love!
Let us thank God for His care when He died on the cross. There God allowed His perfect Son to die because of every wrong thing done, thought or said by us. How did the agony on the cross affect us? What makes us remember the cross? On the cross, Jesus finished the work that was required to save us from the death we deserve. (Romans 6:23)
Consider what Jesus endured for us! Before being crucified, He was flogged and spit on. Soldiers hit Him and fell down on their knees in mock worship. They tried to make Him carry his own cross!
How might God use our gifts, talents, abilities and expertise to help others understand the love shown on the cross? Is it possible to surround others with prayers, love and practical assistance as they seek the knowledge of God? We can always ask God to show us how He wants us to use our resources for His Kingdom. To learn more, spend more time studying His word.
While still continuing to consider the total price of the love of Christ on the cross, we can ask God to help us yield our will to Him and to also follow where He leads us. Let us thank God for sending His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior to fulfill the promises of forgiveness and also restoration. He longs for us to listen to our Lord!
Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.