My Dear Friend;
Here are some thoughts for our continued Lenten journey;
Some years ago, when a family were having devotions, one of the little girls was struck by the fact that Jesus had to endure the suffering and agony of Calvary. Unaware of the depth of her question, she asked in deep sincerity, “But if Jesus was God, why did He have to die?”
As we contemplate the unmatched sorrows and suffering of Christ during this Lenten season, we cannot help but ask why. Isaiah answers this question for us with immortal words.
“Surely He bore our griefs
And carried our sorrows …
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him
the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53: 4-6).
As we contemplate the suffering of our Lord, let us remember the great purpose for His Passion. Isaiah again reminds us,
“For the transgressions of My people
He was stricken ….
And He bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53: 8, 12).
At the Fall the deadly venom of sin entered the bloodstream of humanity. A holy God could not tolerate sin in His universe. Humankind was under the condemnation of sin. We were helpless and hopeless. But God in His infinite love provided the only way of salvation. Christ came to earth, lived, suffered, and died, and on the cross made the scarlet payment for our sin that we might be redeemed and have life eternal.
“He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good.
That we might go at last to Heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.
There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin
He only could unlock the gate
Of Heaven, and let us in.”
PRAYER: Dear Savior, I am eternally in debt for Your wounding that brings my healing and Your Dying that brings my salvation.
Rev. Bramwell Kjellgren
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Carol and I send our love to you all in this uncertain time and are keeping you and your family in our constant prayers as we trust in our Heavenly Father to guide us through the storm. We’re here for you now and into the future. We are all united and stronger together. I look forward to welcoming you back into our Church soon. Stay healthy and be well. Be well and safe. Pray and read your Bible. Praise God for everything.