The Messiah’s Death & Resurrection, Easter Devotional – A Chance

The Messiah’s Resurrection, Easter Devotional – A Chance 

A Chance
© 2000, 2009 Michele Vidor Krile

The time had come for Jesus, God’s Son
Who desired only the Father’s will to be done
Therefore, He took many lashes, oh not just one
He being merciful, took them in your stead and in mine
For every man’s stead He became the last sacrifice
Imagine all those lashes cutting deep into His back
Which no one would have taken for all, no not a chance

Sin separates us from God, yet His love is oh, so great
So Jesus submitted His will to the Father’s will, soon to be done
He then carried many crosses, not just a wooden one
With compassion for all, He carried yours, He carried mine
For everyone’s cross, the burdens stacked high
Imagine all those crosses piled heavy upon His back
Which no one else could bear, no not a chance

Jesus’ will, the same as the Father’s, spoken and done
Conquered all sin, not just for the soul of one
He conquered your sin and conquered mine
For every man’s wrongs is why He suffered, why He died
Imagine Satan defeated and his deceitfulness exposed
Because of grace all have a chance for eternal life with Christ
Through the cross we are forgiven because Christ arose!

When we accept the atonement, we leave nothing to chance
When we believe Jesus as our Savior, we leave nothing to fate,
When we live the Truth, it is not by chance, but by His Will and ours
We can carry our spiritual cross because He makes the burden light
When we trust Him, we put our lives into His powerful, eternal hands
A chance, a choice, a spiritually abundant life, on thru Heaven’s gate!
Hallelujah! Praise the risen Messiah, Who gave us the chance!

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I’ve been thinking, what exactly is the Passion of Christ? Is it not Jesus’ great passion for us? Surely it is His great love and mercy toward us! God loved His human creation so intensely and that passion did not wane even after man chose to sin and turn from Him. Oh, how our Creator ached that people would turn back to Him. Though our sin deserved His righteous wrath, He made a way, the only way for the restoration of our desperate, wretched hearts. We have read many times this account: His Son had to take our sin upon Himself, causing intense pain on them both.

The Father turned His face away while Jesus bore the weight of the sin and hurt of all the world (John 3:16).  But, my friend, that pain, that burden was not nearly as intense as His deep love for us. Hebrews says  “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:12) Yet it pleased the Father to pierce Him because He became the last and Final sacrifice! In Isaiah 53 it was prophesied, “…by His wounds are we healed.”  WOW! He loves me THAT much??? Yes, He loves YOU that much! That was His passion all during His 33 years He lived among us. It still is. Your heart realized that when your eyes were first opened, that day when your heart was drawn to belief and trust in Him.

When we ignore His authority in our lives, when we reject His will, when we forget His statutes, when we give God none of our time, it hurts Him, yet he extends His hand of grace and draws us back to Him. Please listen to the Voice of passion and holiness calling to guide your life. His passion for you never dies. As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit (John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 6:19) within you and you have the capacity to live passionately and righteously for Christ. (Titus 2:11-15; 3:3-7) My friend, celebrate Christ’s passion and live it!

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Scriptures to Guide You

Isaiah 53: 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12b. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Luke 22:39-46  39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Luke 23:32-34  32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Galatians 3:13   “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’).”

I Cor. 5:21   Jesus died that we might become the righteousness of God….

Jesus made this promise: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Matthew 5:6  NKJV    Do you hunger after righteousness?

Jesus lives that we might live abundantly in Him and reflect the Father and glorify Him.

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 1 Thessalonians 13-18 

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father, we ask that the Easter story become more alive in our hearts. In fact, we ask for your help and strength that we might live your grace and be the continued work of Jesus to encourage and challenge each other in the truth, to draw closer to You and to reach the lost and dying. Thank you for giving us Your dear Son, thank you for giving us mercy. Now we give the rest of our lives back to You.

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Part II

I love the song, “The Wondrous Cross” I read the full lyrics recently and it just meant so much to me that I wanted to include it here. I posted this in my blog last Easter also. Please read it, slowly. Feel the humility and awe. Know that He has chosen you, called you to experience fullness of grace. Know that our boldness of faith must stay in Him, lest we become arrogant with grace, and misuse it. Perhaps you might even sing this song, with awe of Christ’s purposeful lowliness, love and grace in taking our sin, even the whole world’s sin, upon Himself. Are you yet in awe of the Father’s mighty power over death and sin to bring Jesus back to life again? May we never forget or take it for granted that ONLY through Christ’s sacrifice, by our faith in Him does he redeem! By His wounds are we healed!

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Isaac Watts   1707 Public Domain

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.
  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Galatians 6:14 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

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In doing a search for a way to help us bear in mind what Christ went through for us, I happened upon an article on the Catholic devotion/celebration called Scriptural Way of the Cross introduced by Pope John Paul II  on Good Friday 1991. This was his attempt to make the previously written Stations of the Cross, more Biblical. (Yet it did not replace it.) Though I have no Catholic background, I think this list helps us keep perspective.

  1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,
  2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested,
  3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin,
  4. Jesus is denied by Peter,
  5. Jesus is judged by Pilate,
  6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns,
  7. Jesus takes up His cross,
  8. Jesus is helped by Simon to carry His cross,
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem,
  10. Jesus is crucified,
  11. Jesus promises His kingdom to the repentant thief,
  12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other,
  13. Jesus dies on the cross,
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. But, praise God the story didn’t end there, May I add…
  15. In three days Jesus arose again to life!
  16. Jesus reappears to Mary and His disciples
  17. Jesus promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit
  18. Jesus Ascended into Heaven
  19. Jesus is with the Believer each day
  20. Jesus will return again to reign as the King of Kings that He always has been, yet this time in all His glory!
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