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The Cost Of Resurrection

April 8, 2012
“See, my servant will act wisely, He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.  Just as there were many who were appalled at Him – His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness – so will He sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.  For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.  Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted.  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.  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.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.  By oppression and judgment He was taken away.  And who can speak of His descendants?  For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.  He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.  Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.  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.  Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.  For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”  Isaiah 52: 13 – Isaiah 53:12
That was a long passage, but there are no better words than those to describe this season in my opinion. To me this season of death and resurrection is not very pretty.  In fact it was a brutal and ugly bloodbath.  Jesus suffered and died then rose again so that we can be free.  So celebrate His resurrection indeed, but do not forget at all what it cost to purchase us for eternity.  To me it is not at all about flowers, candy and pastel colors.  It is about the blood sacrifice that cost Jesus His human life.
You see Jesus was fully human when they nailed Him to that cross.  He was no Godlike super human.  He felt every lash, blow and nail and He suffered greatly.  Well beyond what any of us could even ever imagine.  Sure the resurrection was glorious, but never forget the price that He paid to get there.  I know I won’t.  So celebrate the season with your family and friends, but never forget the cost.
Love and……
Kirk Out !

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  1. Isaiah 53 was my “Call to Worship” passage yesterday. Excellent.

  2. Reformed by the Holy Spirit permalink

    I have always considered that fact that Christ was God, Incarnate….meaning God in flesh. All human and yet all God. In light of that fact, it is stunning that God, while bearing punishment being brought on by his own creation, did not fight back. Jesus begged that Father would take away what was about to happen, and yet did the will of Father. By all accounts of human reasoning, he did not have to bear such suffering. Yet, knowing no other way or means by which to truly save His creation, He picked up the Cross and, well, the rest is His-Story (history).

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