Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Blessings to you!
While the rain is falling outside and the house is a bustle preparing for Easter dinner, I want to take a moment and record why Easter is so special to me. It is actually special in and of itself, but especially precious to those who believe. Our pastor has done a two week discussion on what propitiation is. Propitiation is the satisfaction of God's wrath. It can be hard for us to understand why loving God would have or even could have wrath. But a righteous and holy God can be not acquainted with sinners and still remain true to Himself. And yet this was His heart's desire, so instead of giving up on us, he allowed and was even pleased to pour out His wrath on His own Son. The only one capable of satisfying it and surviving. If you doubt the legitimacy of Jesus being who He said He was behold the words of the prophet Isaish spoken hundreds of years before Jesus concerning this very topic:
Isaiah 53
Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
Easter Blessing to you!

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