Happy Easter, everyone. As I think about all that Christ did for me, on the day He died, and then the day He rose again, I am overwhelmed. On the day He died, He bore the unfathomable death so that I might live. He bore my sins, my sickness, my transgressions (law violations), my iniquities (immorality), and my CANCER!
Matthew 8:17 says, "He himself took our infirmities and our sicknesses." There is no need for me to bear it. I must give it to Him. After all, he has borne it already. It is up to me to walk in faith.
God has redeemed us from the curse.
Galatians 3:13, 14 "Chist has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus."
Just as God passed over the homes of the Israelites that placed the blood on the entrance to their homes, He passes over me. I deserve death, but because I am covered in Christ's precious blood, I am passed over. Praise the Lord! It really is overwhelming to think about. And when Jesus rose, he fulfilled every prophesy about Him rising again and renewed people's faith. As if He needed to prove anything, He did just that. He lived up to everything He said He was and all that God would do through Him. Jesus' resurrection is the cornerstone of the Gospel!
As our Pastor has been saying, Christ's death was a sacrifice for us- for our very lives- here on earth and in heaven. The way we live is our sacrifice to God. Sacrifices are hard- they aren't easy. However, we can rejoice in our struggles of sacrifice because we know we are honoring God.
James 1: 2-4 "Dear brothers and sister, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."
What sacrifices are you making for God? If I'm not currently struggling with something in regards to living for Christ, I need to check myself. It should be a sacrifice and I should be struggling. I want my life to be an offering for Him!
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter. I pray you don't just go through the motions today but examine your heart and what Easter means for all of us. Below I have posted the video that Josh made me on the day of my last chemo treatment. Enjoy:) Also, prayer warriors, please pray so very hard for me this week as I have my ultrasound and mammogram on Wednesday and Thursday. Cancer-free tests in Jesus' name. Please be consistent and persistent in your prayers.
Love you all.