Purpose: Sent to Absorb the Consequences of Sin

Purpose: Sent to Absorb the Consequences of Sin

Purpose: Sent to Absorb the Consequences of Sin

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. – Isaiah 53:5

Another mission of Jesus on earth was to bear the consequences of our sins, so we can be acquitted of them and we can have a clean slate before God. We probably know some of the grievous consequences of sin; sin reduces, hinders, destabilises and cuts us short; it aborts dreams and destiny as well as sides us up for nemesis on earth and judgement in heaven.

But, the truth is God is neither interested in keeping the record of our sins, nor is He zealous about clamping down on anyone on account of sin. He would rather that we live blamelessly and maintain a right standing in life because, in actuality, our sins do no harm to Him whatsoever; they only affect us and fellow humans.

However, since it is practically impossible for us to live without sinning, which disconnects from God, He demonstrated His good faith toward us by sending His son, Jesus Christ, to come and be the once-for-all sacrificial Lamb and propitiation for our sin. Jesus thus offered Himself to be wounded, bruised, chastised and hung on the cross in our stead, so that we can be rid of the sin label and we can have uninhibited access to God in fellowship.

Jesus, therefore, has taken upon Himself the certain wounds, bruises, chastisements and floggings which each of us should have endured on account of our sins. By bearing our retributions upon Himself He offered us in return peace of mind to function without scruples as well as the physical, mental and emotional health we need to thrive.

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Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows (2)

Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows (2)

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; – Isaiah 53:4

Apart from coming to address the root of our pains and sorrows, Jesus also came to take away our actual sorrows and griefs when we experience such. He does this by taking our place and bearing the weights of our failures, depression, sadness, mourning, grief, weaknesses, and other vicissitudes of life; whilst offering us His peace and comfort in return.

However, He does this only to those who consciously invite Him into their situation and consciously surrender their condition to Him. That is why you often hear or read about people saying that they experienced an indescribable peace as soon as they called upon Jesus concerning some nagging matter in their lives.

But, remember the catch, He ministers solace only to those who call on Him. That is why He graciously threw an open invitation to everyone saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

Therefore, even if you find yourself legitimately in mess on account of your mistake or an error in judgement, your case is not beyond His control, as He has declared in His word that, “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered” (Isaiah 49:25). No matter the situation, He is up to it.

Jesus has come to bear our grief and sorrows, and He has successfully accomplished all that He came to do on earth. We only short-change ourselves when we take on the beatings of life on our own and commit nothing to Him.

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The Secret of Happiness

The Secret of Happiness

A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for 40 days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.

Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world.

The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention.

The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come but told him that he didn’t have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours.

“Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something,” said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. “As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.”

The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.

“Well,” asked the wise man, “Did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”

The boy was embarrassed and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.

“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world,” said the wise man. “You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house.”

Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.

“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.

“Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,” said the wisest of wise men.

“The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”

© Paul Coelho in “The Alchemist”

Meditation: Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.Job 5:17

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The Bank of Time

The Bank of Time

The Bank of Time

Imagine there was a bank that credited your very own account each morning with a large sum of money. But, it carried over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deleted whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out all of it, of course!

Each of us has such a bank.  Its name is – Time

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it makes a new deposit for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today. And remember that time waits for no one.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as for redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  – Ephesians 5:15-17N

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Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows

Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; – Isaiah 53:4

Captured in the Bible verse above is another important assignment of Jesus Christ on earth: He came to bear the griefs and sorrows of humankind. He came to take what is causing pain and sadness in our lives in exchange for a better deal. He came to offer us a better exchange, replacing gloom with joy, lack with abundance, grief with laughter, and a loser mentality with a winning one, among others.

Man plummeted to an unimaginable low after the fall in the Garden of Eden, whilst every indulgence in sin afterwards further sinks us in estate and increases the resistance to our progress. But God’s agenda has never been for us to operate at reduced capacity, that was why He had to send Jesus to come restore us to the heights He had planned for us from the beginning of time. And if we must attain such heights, then such weights as grief, depression, guilt, sorrows, sin-consciousness and others must be set aside (Hebrews 12:1), so that we are free to soar and glorify God in the process.

Now this is better said than done because while it is natural to fall into sin and experience its debilitating effects, it takes a supernatural process to wiggle out of the entanglements of sin and operate above it. It is that supernatural task, which humans cannot undertake themselves, that Jesus came to do on our behalf, taking up our misery and shame and passing on to us His joy and glory.

He took our sins upon Himself and bore all the condemnation for them at the cross so that we are not hindered by their earthly nemesis nor face their eternal consequences. That way, we can live to our fullest potential on earth and still be with our Father in heaven when the earth is no more.

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Purpose: Sent to Restore Israel

Purpose: Sent to Restore Israel

And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, So that Israel is gathered to Him. – Isaiah 49:5

Another purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ was to restore Israel back to God.

The people of Israel have always occupied a special place in the heart of God. Even after numerous sins and retributions, as recorded in the Bible, they remain very dear to God. Having called them out of other nations through Abraham, their ancestor, whom He promised a son to who would, in turn, be progenitor to these special people, He has kept faith with them through the ages – establishing and renewing His covenants with them, sustaining and protecting them, answering them whenever they called as well as starting the Agenda of Salvation with them; “for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).

Despite the many overtures of God, the Israelites were notorious for running afoul of His precepts. The Bible is replete with instances of their up-and-down relationship with God, with various degrees of chastisement that usually followed their violation – the height of which was banishment from the land promised to them and their having to serve as slaves in foreign lands.

Yet, God still orchestrated their return back to the Promised Land and was with them in the process of rebuilding that ensued after that. Nonetheless, their relationship with God was characteristically feisty such that He had to embrace non-Jews, otherwise called the Gentiles, in a covenanted relationship, with all the perks that were originally meant for the Jews thrown into the equation (read Romans 11).

However, God has not given up on His chosen people, Israel, and restoring them to Himself was one of the reasons He sent His beloved Son to the earth (Romans 10). Indeed, God does not give up on anyone; but desires that all may come to Him for own good.

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