Faith
Wednesday June 16, 2010
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"His Sacrifice"

Remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made for us causes us to reflect upon what He went through when He died for us.

With a crown of thorns embedded in His skull, Jesus shed every drop of His 3 1/2 liters of blood. He was kept hanging on the cross by large nails that were hammered through His arches and wrist.

In addition to suffering from unbearable beatings, He experienced extreme difficulty breathing as dying from being crucified is dying from suffocation...suffocation caused by weight of His own body.

His Sacrifice and suffering brings forgiveness to the forefront as John 3:16 KJV shows that His plan had always been to lay His Life down for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

"Everlasting Life" is available to "Whosoever Believeth" because forgiveness is available to all that repent.

His Sacrifice works two ways. In addition to remembering Him, it includes us giving Him reason to remember us.

His death, through repentance, brings forgiveness for our sins and Luke 17:3-4 KJV shows us how to reciprocate, how to join Him in His Sacrifice:

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. [4] And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

In addition to His death bringing us forgiveness when we repent, it brings forgiveness to those who repent and are forgiven by us.

His Sacrifice reminds us of just how precious it is that He died for us. With forgiveness coming through repentance, Luke 15:7 KJV shows how God feels towards those that seek it:

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

God seeking repentance from us is obvious as one sinner repenting makes His sacrifice worthwhile.

Are you contributing to making His Sacrifice one to remember?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com