As I begin to write about the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus I am so overwhelmed by the understanding that I am a child of God and that my sins are forgiven and the price that was paid for this to happen. Also, I have realised how easy it is at times to take my salvation for granted and not be motivated every day by what Jesus did for me. I trust every person who reads this blog will have a fresh revelation of what Jesus has done for them. I am reminded of a hymn in which the first verse says: “What a wonderful, wonderful, Saviour, who would die on the cross for me! Freely shedding His precious life – Blood, that the sinner might go free”. Hebrews 9:27 NLT says: “In fact, we can say that according to the law of Moses, without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins”. Jesus the spotless Lamb of God once and for all freely shed His blood on the cross to redeem us from our sins.  Romans 5: 6-8 says: “For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly, for scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us,  in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us”. It is important that everyone read the whole chapter of Isaiah 53 for every verse is important in understanding the sacrifice of Jesus for us.  Jesus chose to die by Roman crucifixion which was one of the most barbaric methods of dying ever created by man. We cannot imagine how much Jesus suffered so that sin has no power over us. Isaiah 52:14 says “His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men”   NLT Many were amazed when they saw Him beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would hardly know He was a person”. I do not want to dwell on this but it is so important to understand the price that Jesus paid for my salvation so that we can never take our Salvation for granted or lightly.  Not only a great price for our Salvation was paid, when we are forgiven our sins are remembered no more. This can be quite a challenge to us because while we are still alive our memory has recorded those sinful events and we must not allow our memory of the past to affect how we live today. Psalm 103:12 says: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”. It is good to live a life free from condemnation because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Another aspect of Jesus being crucified is our complete healing. Isaiah 53: 4&5 says: “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; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we were healed”.  I have been challenged afresh to live a life that brings honour and glory to my Saviour. I am reminded of Psalm 10:1-5 and I will conclude with verse 1 which says: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

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