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He made Him to be sin
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
This verse should startle us and cause us to tremble. It is not a verse to be read quickly and passed over. As Christians we are grateful to be forgiven of our sins. We are thankful we have been adopted as God’s children. Yet we will never comprehend the awesome price that Jesus paid to cleanse us of our sin and to give us His righteousness. How abhorrent was it for the sinless Son of God to have every sin of humanity placed upon Him? What love was required for the Father to watch His only Son bear the excruciating pain of our sin upon the cross?
The prophet Isaiah summarized the human condition: “We are all like an unclean thing, / And all our righteousness are like filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). Even the high priest, Joshua, in his exalted position among God’s people, was clothed in filthy rags before God (Zech. 3:3). The apostle Paul, who labored arduously to be righteous before God, realized that his most strenuous efforts to please God were no more valuable than rubbish (Phil. 3:4–10). The plight of humanity is that nothing we could ever do could satisfy God’s desire for righteousness. But the miracle of God’s mercy is that God exchanges our “filthy rags” for “rich robes” of righteousness (Zech. 3:4).
In this awesome exchange, God placed the sin of humanity upon His righteous Son. Jesus became so identified with our sin that Scripture says God made Him to be sin on our behalf. The holy Son of God could not possibly do more for us than this! Experiencing the Father’s wrath upon the sin He carried would have been more painful to endure than any human rejection or physical suffering.
Never take the righteousness God has given you for granted. Never take the forgiveness of your sin lightly. It cost God a terrible price in order to forgive you and make you righteous. Walk in a manner worthy of the righteousness He has given you. (Experiencing God Day-by-Day Devotional, by Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby)
The name Bethesda means "House of Mercy"
Now Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Mercy of God which has come. He is our Bethesda! God has stirred up Himself, the Living Waters in our midst, and asks you reader, "Do you want to be healed?"
Are you willing to exchange your need for His glory?
Come! Drink of the Fountain that is flowing from God's Presence and receive your healing, your restoration and your empowerment to be a witness of the Most High God.
It was at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-9 that the blind, the lame and the paralyzed - understanding their need for a Savior - waited for God's Mercy to appear. Jesus Christ was God's answer, His offer of Mercy to them which fulfilled their every need (Mat. 4:24, Acts 10:38). And Jesus Christ is the same standing, available offer of God's Mercy to you and me today!
Psalm 102:11 My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.
Psalm 102:12 But You, O LORD, are enthroned forever; You are remembered throughout all generations.
Psalm 102:13 You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.
Psalm 102:14 For Your servants hold her stones dear and have pity on her dust.
Psalm 102:15 Nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth will revere Your glory.
Psalm 102:16 For the LORD builds up Zion; He appears in His glory;
Psalm 102:17 He regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their plea.
Pastor Robert is gifted by God to edify, exhort and comfort the Body of Christ. He prayerfully considers & responds to all invitations to congregations small or large, to the ends of the earth.
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