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Thursday, October 11, 2012

It was the will of the LORD

 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah 53:10 ESV

When I read this verse I am taken back to the scene in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus praying to His Father in heaven to let the cup pass from Him. And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." Matthew 26:29 ESV Jesus understood that it was the Father's will that He go to the cross for our sins. In the garden the human side of Jesus asks for a way out, but the will of His heavenly Father and the salvation of humanity drove Him to say; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. Once again the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in Christ.

God loves us so much that when His only begotten Son asked to be released from His mission, the answer was no. Jesus had to suffer as our guilt offering to pay for our sins. But, as the scriptures tell us that was not the end of the matter. Jesus was resurrected on the third day following His death on the cross. He is now seated at the right hand of God in Glory. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God Hebrews 10:12 ESV Because of His death, burial and resurrection we can have forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in heaven.

The will of the LORD did prosper in the hands of Jesus. Jesus' once for all sacrifice, reconciled us with God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.Romans 5:10 ESV As the apostle Paul, said Jesus took care of our sin debt while we were still estranged from God.

If you are in Christ because you have been obedient to the gospel, you have realized this reconciliation. If you have not been obedient to the gospel, you are still enemy of God.
Read Acts 2:14-47; judge for yourself whether or not you have been obedient to the gospel, then you will know where you stand with God.

© 2012 Leo J. Woodman

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