Redeemed by the Cross

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Matthew 27:51 “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split” The rending of the curtain signified that Christ, by his death, opened the way to God. We now have an open way through Christ to the throne of grace and to the throne of glory hereafter. When we consider Christ’s death, our hard and rocky hearts should be rent. Harder than a rock is the heart that will not melt, before whom the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is plainly set forth.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have life eternal”.

We can never for a moment forget the inconceivable sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf so that we might be redeemed. The physical death of Jesus was a horrific thing. The physical abuse and pain of the beatings and flogging he received, the scorn and suffering of death on the cross is impossible to imagine. Worse than the physical pain, scorn by those he came to save, suffering and death he endured willingly for our sakes, was separation from God. Being part of God come into flesh to walk among us and show us the Way, He who was perfect and without sin took onto Himself all the sins of mankind. At that moment (when He said: “Father, why have thou forsaken me?”), He had become the thing that God hates, so God had to turn away—He became separated from Himself and became selfless, so that we might be redeemed. He became the ultimate perfect sacrifice. When He said: “It is finished”, Yeshua (“Salvation”) was stating that He had accomplished His purpose in coming.

His tear is not from physical pain or His own suffering, it is for us. It is that tear of love and compassion so great that it makes you cry, multiplied billions of times.

Isaiah 53:1-7 “Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form or comeliness that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with His stripes we are healed.

All we 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. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.”

About E.J.

My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour. I am a Christian artist and writer living in Gloucester, MA, where I have been living since God led me here in September of 2010. I am a painter, photographer and writer who, by the grace of God, has lived and worked as an artist for over 25 years, allowing me to separate myself from the World and walk in faith, to a large degree. I pray you are blessed, built up in your faith and Christian walk, and become an interactive participant in God's Morning. We're here as Christ's body, supporting and building each other up in all righteousness, in His name.
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