HE SUFFERED AND WAS MOCKED
He was crucified, mocked and bruised for our transgressions. At that moment, all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at him. Pilate and his guards ridiculed his royalty, the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn, the servants and soldiers jeered at him and brutally insulted him. And he endured it all for our sakes.
“MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?”
At the ninth hour, when Jesus cried out, physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which he had to pass. He suffered spiritual agony as a result of the depature of his Father’s presence. There are seasons when we feel like the brightness of God’s smile is esclipsed by clouds and darkness, but we should always remember that he never really forsakes us. It is only seems like he has forsaken us in our case. But with Christ it was real. Since even the thought that he has forsaken us gives us agony, What must the woe of the saviour have been when he cried out “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me?” Yes, as painful as it was he had to go through it all. For at that time, God turned away from him, for he could not behold the sin of the world which Christ the saviour carried for our sakes.
POWER IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD
It is also precious in its cleansing power, it cleanseth from all sin. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Through Jesus’s blood, there is not a spot left on any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains.
His blood is precious in its preserving power. We are safe from the angel of destruction under the sprinkled blood. The blood of Christ is precious also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and leads it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness as great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. Unspeakably precious is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, “They overcome by the blood of the lamb” He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which knows no defeat.
WHAT IS THE REWARD FOR THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST?
Our lives. God has paid his price which is Jesus, in exchange for our lives.Christ died to make us holy and splendid. Ephesians 5:25-26. He died to purchase a zeal and longing for good deeds in us Titus 2:14. Indeed God wants us to glorify him with our good deeds and this is possible if we have faith. For faith without works is dead. Therefore if we claim to have faith, we must prove it with our good deeds. Revelation 5:9 says Christ died to purchase for God, a global church not just from one country but from every tribe, language people and nation.
Easter is one of the most Important moment in the Christian calender. It signifies the death and resurrection of Christ. This period should not just be a period of mere celebration, but also a time to examine our Christian life. We should ask ourselves these few questions. Am I giving Christ the reward for his suffering in my daily life? If God values our holiness to the extent of exchanging the life of his son, Do I value my holiness? Christ died to purchase our forgiveness, reconciliation and justification. This is a period of remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice and our victory over sin and death. In our daily life, we should give Jesus the reward for his suffering.
Live free, Live victorious, Stay cool with Christ.
God bless you😘