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The Cost Of The Resurrection

March 25, 2016
                    “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 very long passage, but there are no better words than those to describe this particular season in my humble opinion.  To me this season of death and resurrection is not very pretty at all.  In fact it was a brutal and ugly bloodbath.  Jesus suffered and died then rose again so that we can be free in this life and the one to come.  So celebrate His resurrection indeed, but do not forget at all what it cost to purchase us for all eternity.  To me it is not at all about beautiful flowers, candy and pastel colors.  It is about the flesh and blood sacrifice that cost Jesus His human life.
                     You see Jesus was fully human when they nailed Him to that cross.  He had no Godlike super-human powers.  He was God who became a mortal man for our sake. He intensely felt every single 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 Jesus paid to get there.  I know that I won’t.  So celebrate the season with your family and friends, but never EVER forget the cost.
                    Love and……
Kirk Out !

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  1. Truth. The Cross was an instrument of death and torture, not a dainty thing to be hung on rear view mirrors, necklaces or earrings.
    Love in Jesus…….

  2. Again I need to apologize for the formatting of this blog post. WordPress would not allow me to publish it with proper paragraph breaks. So I tried to best the system by placing huge indentations at the beginning of each new paragraph. I hope it made it more readable for all.

  3. David Feith permalink

    Hey Chris, thanks for the sharing of the scripture to remind us who it is that dwells in us. In my humble understanding I know Christ to have been fully human and fully divine so as to not split hairs I think it’s a greater thing to remember that Christ chose to drink the cup and fulfill the will of the Father than focus on the reality of the physjcal damage he endured, Not meaning to demean the latter, Love in Him

    • I hear you David and agree. Christ chose the cup of sorrow and redemption. May we be found to do the same in our humble lives each day.

  4. "BK" permalink

    I thought this was beautiful too. I had the same thoughts as David….that He was both divine and human, even on the cross. Like him, not splitting hairs over the greatest event in the history of mankind; it just resonates with me that He could have called a legion of angels to deliver Him (probly would have only taken one) and He chose to hang there and finish the work. However one sees it, wow. Can’t say anything more than that….wow. And thanks, Jesus. “BK”

  5. Thanks for sharing BK. Jesus drank from the cup to fulfill His Father’s will. May we be as willing as He was.

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