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Thursday, 23 April 2020

For God so loved the world

Can we even imagine what it must have been like for Jesus to go to that cross. 
The answer is 'no' because in order to know what it is like we would have to have suffered that pain and be physically dead.
So why would anyone want to die so horrifically for those whom He did not even know?
The answer to that question is 'He died because, being born of God's Holy Spirit, He has an unconditional love for all of mankind, and was sent to save all from eternal death.'

He paid the price for all of mankind's sins, enabling us to become children of God through believing in Him. He is the Word of God made flesh.

No comfort for my Lord

No comfort for my Lord
as He hung upon that tree
that dark and lonely Friday
at a place called Calvary
No lips to say 'I love You'
or kiss the bloodied cheek
no strong arms there supporting                             
that body bruised and weak
No loving arms to hold Him
no hands to stroke His face
What pain He must have suffered
when He chose to take my place 
He'd said 'Not my will Father
but let Your will be done'
though He knew what lay before Him
this Jesus - God's Son

'Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh, and having a high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.......
Hebrews ch. 10 vs. 19-22

So how then do we draw near with a true heart?  It is not just with reading that Word but acting upon it. For it is only by doing that can we change spiritually.  It is the old man that has to die and the new man in Christ that must grow and mature. 
I was born with a birthmark on my left wrist, it was just like a side picture of a shoe. When I became born again of God's Spirit it started to fade and there is no sign of it there at all now. This reminds me very significantly of how I must no longer WALK according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

The sin is in the flesh and must die, that is what Jesus' Crucifixion represents. Our new life is in the risen Christ.

And their sins and iniquities will I  remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin .Hebrews ch. 10 vs. 17 and 18.

There is a place, a quiet place
where we can come to pray
a place of calm called Jesus
where we can be each day
So open up your eyes to see
what mercies lie inside
It was for everyone of us
that Jesus came and died


RCUBEs said...

Thank You for the much needed reminder of Who to focus on despite the trials around us! There is no looking back to our old habits and that's been my prayer each day, for the Lord to mold me and my family. Not by our strength nor might nor power but by His. Praying you're doing well sister and stay strong in the Lord's mighty power! Hugs and prayers.

Sandi said...

So much freedom in this!

Brenda said...

yes it is only our Lord and Saviour Who can bring us through our trials in this world, where the enemy is trying to cause fear. May He keep all who trust in Him, including you, your family and myself, safe and may He also bring those who do not know Him to search for the One Who has a love that passes all understanding. God bless.

Brenda said...

Hi Sandi,
All glory to God and our beautiful Saviour, Jesus the Son of God, for all He has done for us to give us that freedom.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Well written Brenda. Thanx.

God bless.

Brenda said...

Thank you for visiting Victor, I enjoyed reading your post.

Laurie Collett said...

Beautiful poems, Brenda! It is truly an amazing mystery how Christ could show such love for mankind even while we were His enemies. Praise the Lord for His infinite love, mercy and grace! God bless you,

Saleslady371 said...

Well, I love your poetry about Jesus and it brings tears. You nailed it, Brenda, and understand the depth of His love. That is a cool story about your birthmark and how it faded when you became born again. Love it.

Jephyr! said...

Hi Brenda, It is so true that none of us can truly imagine what it must have been like for Jesus to go to the cross like that. When you write about the fading of your birthmark — I think about my own life. Jesus saved me when I was very young — but I walked far away in the world as I got older. Thankfully He has been at work on me throughout all my foolishness and I can see that he is constantly refining my desires and walk with him — as Philippians 1:6 says. Thanks for another beautiful post. I loved your poem too!

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
yes, the love of our Lord is amazing how Jesus could show an amazing love for those who did not love Him. It truly emphasises how we must love others and recognise the enemy as the one who causes hatred. God bless Laurie.

Brenda said...

Hi Mary,
whenever I think about Jesus coming into my life I cry, even as I am sat in front of my computer. The more we share our testimonies the more I hope others will be led to our lovely Saviour. God bless.

Brenda said...

Hi Jephyr,
when I was a child my father, who died when I was eleven, always used to say 'Let's see what the Lord says,' when me and my siblings would argue and ask our father 'Dad, dad, who is right'. I went completely haywire in my late teens until I came to the Lord. It reminds me of 'Train a child in the way it should go and it will remember it when it is older.' In a way, I am glad I went a little off the track as if you have empathy then you have sympathy. God bless Jephyr. Yes, I also am glad that the Lord is working to change me as stated in Philippians ch. 1 v.6 God bless.

Fundy Blue said...

What a beautiful and uplifting post, Brenda! Thank you!

Brenda said...

Hi Louise, glad you enjoyed it, I enjoyed the fun in yours. Take care.

Jephyr! said...

Hi Brenda, Yes it is such a Blessing to be raised by Believers! While my mom wasn't perfect, she and her sisters and my own sisters were all Christians — and I KNOW their influence gave me a strong foundation through all the years I went "haywire" too. God is so good to have called us and planted His Spirit in our hearts and lives when we were young — and I love His Promise that "He will never leave us or forsake us." God Bless you, sister!

Brenda said...

Hi Jephyr,
even though we may be raised as Christians, we are still not perfect - we all make mistakes in life. What I did love is that my dad was very kind and as we lived near the edge of the countryside we used to get many tramps coming to the door. I used to come down after getting ready for school to find that my dad was giving breakfast to one quite often.

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Brenda,
Yes, His love for us even while we were His enemies is the example we must follow if we would truly forgive and love one another. God bless you,

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
yes, I find the best scripture that comes into my mind is to take every thought captive and bring it into obedience to Christ. If I was to get a negative thought in my mind regarding something that was done to me the enemy would add and add negativity to it. I like to dwell on the positive things that have been done in my life.
God bless you and yours Laurie as we look forward to the good things that God will do through our Lord in these hard times.

Laurie Collett said...

Amen, Brenda! We must try through the Spirit to bring every thought, word and deed captive to God's will, and not allow the devil any stronghold in our life. May God continue to bless you, your family and ministry in these challenging times.

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
I think you might have meant to put this comment on a more recent post. Yes, these times are very challenging, and we must do all we can to remove the devil from our mind. God bless.