Wednesday, 12 April 2017


 TEXT: ISAIAH 53:5-7
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing].The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, each one, to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] to fall on Him [instead of us]. He was oppressed and He was afflicted. Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself];
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, So He did not open His mouth.”

Jesus Christ was used as the sacrificial lamb for the atonement of our sin. He that knew no sin or committed any sin was made sin for us to be free from sin. Jesus died on the cross of Calvary in place of sinners. He loved us, he wanted to reconcile us back to God; he decided to bear all our sin by paying the price of our sin with his precious blood.
Jesus Christ redeemed us and made intersession for us as sinners. Nothing could wash away our sin except for the precious blood of Jesus; he did not withhold his life but laid it down for us as a ransom for our sin. What a great love!
Jesus Christ died for us so that we can live for him. His death gave us new life in Christ; his death gave us sonship in the Lord Almighty. His death brought us spiritual healing, his death transformed us from being known as grievous sinners to sinless children of God. Through his death; our sin was pardoned and erased!
At this juncture, I want you to reflect on the price that Jesus paid for you on the cross of Calvary to give you eternal life. Think of the pain and hardship he went through to pay for the debt you owe but could not pay. Meditate on the great love that made Jesus to go on the cross for you and I for the sin he never committed!
Answer this question genuinely; are you really living your life for him that gave his all for you? Have you surrendered the totality of your life to him without holding back anything? Or do you only serve him when it’s convenient for you?
Do not forget that he did not withhold anything to die in your place on the cross. His death is what gave you the new life in Christ. HIS DEATH CERTIFICATE BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND GUARANTEES YOU ETERNAL LIFE.
If your life is not worthy of the gospel of Christ, if you are living a reckless life, then you are nailing him on the cross the second time. Do not let his death on the cross go in vain. Live to please God.

Apostle Paul decided to lose everything that he counted as gain, for the sake of Christ.
“But whatever was my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.”
(Philippians 3:7).
Like Paul, you too can take account of your life and see what hinders you from knowing Christ genuinely- material things or earthly treasures. Count them all as lost, do away with them all that you may gain Christ. Make Jesus the your priority of your life like Paul did. This season of his death and resurrection, you need to genuinely seek after knowing Jesus, have personal relationship with him.
Ask him to reveal to you the power of his death and resurrection. Apostle Paul counted every other things as loss so that he could have better understanding of who Jesus Christ is, what he’s capable of doing and what he (Paul) could learn from the life of Jesus Christ. He said, “That I may know him and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.(Philippians 3:10).
Don’t get lost with the world and its treasures. Don’t get distracted, have genuine relationship with Jesus Christ that died for you so that you can live for him. May the power of his resurrection make alive anything that is dead or dying in your life in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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