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Who could believe a story like this?
There was man -a scraggy seedling, but tender and green like a beautiful plant, growing from hard and parched ground. At least, that’s how God saw Him.
There was nothing attractive about Him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.
Like an outcast in society, He was looked down on, passed over; a man of MANY sorrows, acquainted with the bitterest of grief.
“Beat Him up in our own alleys, strike His back 39x with a cat of nine tails!”
We turned our backs on Him.
Here He comes -look the other way!
Like the worst of bullies, we mocked Him, “Here, your crown of thorns, ‘All hail the King of the Jews!’”
Then we slapped the mess out of Him – “Kill Him!” Our voices echoed. (John14:1-3,6)
Who knew He was bearing our grief, that our sorrows are what weighed Him down, our disfigurement, ALL things wrong with us?
Ha! We assumed His troubles were a punishment from God, for His own failure.
Yes, give me the truth.
Actually, this man was wounded; ripped and torn for our sins. Yes, even bruised and crushed for your sins.
We’ve done wrong before God! He was not pleased with how we strayed from Him like sheep, going our own way, living “YOLO”.
This man we bullied, came that though we beat Him harshly, His bruises is what heals us.
Yes, God piled our sins, everything you and I did wrong on Him: yes, on Him.
“Guilty!” Is what the judge charged us with.
My head low. “That’s it, I’m doomed; to hell I go.”
“No!” Jesus shouted for ME, for YOU. I will take the guilt. Punish Me.
Alright then, “CRUCIFY HIM!” we yelled, yes, “Crucify Him!” John19:6
Let the unrighteous, fornicator, idolater, adulterer, homosexual, sodimite, thief, covetous, drunkard, slanderous, and robber go –Barabbas! 1Corinthians6:9-11
Set free, we were -a guiltless man, for a guilty WORLD: Jesus Christ.
The burdens of this world are heavy, yet, Christ took it all to the cross, so that we might be set FREE. He has never been willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come into the knowledge of Him.
Today, salvation is yours when you open your heart to Him; ALL your sins are washed away by His blood. Will you let Christ in and celebrate the TRUE meaning of Christmas?
If you are ready, say this starting prayer: confess it with your mouth and believe it with your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins and rose to give me life. Right now Lord, I turn from my sins opening my heart and life for You to come in. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Read the Book of John in the Bible. Find out who Christ is, and how He loves you, yes you!
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