Archive for the 'Propitiation' Category

04
Feb
09

Glory in our Redeemer

I was recently talking with someone who made a trip down from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and was reminded of how the mountains throughout that state declare God’s glory and righteousness. My family loves to go to Colorado and marvel at the wonderful mountains we always look forward to our first glance and then can’t wait to climb to the peak and survey the wondrous landscape God created.

Every trip we make up to Colorado reminds me of how awesome our God is when I see the heights of those mountains and remember how and why they were created.
I am reminded that those mountains were pushed up from beneath the earth by the judgment and wrath of God against sinners during Noah’s flood and then my mind rushes to another mountain that displayed God’s mercy and grace.

I am reminded of how on another mountain God reversed the curse of sin by pouring out His holy wrath on the sinless One in our place. On that mountain called Calvary where my Savior bled and died God’s wrath was fully satisfied in the death of His Son and many sinners were rescued from the flood of God’s wrath. I am also reminded as I write this of how Jesus was buried in the earth yet He burst forth higher than the mountain peaks and ascended to His rightful place at the right hand of God to rule and reign over all creation!

One day that same Jesus the risen Lord of creation will come back and purge this world once again with fire against all who do not trust in Him. On that day He will reveal His full glory and righteousness for all the world to see and then every man and all creation will bow and cry out that “Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father!” Some people will say this because they have trusted in Jesus as Lord and they will enter into eternal peace with God and live in the light of the Lord Jesus forever. Yet others will have their knees bent though because they will not willingly acknowledge Jesus as Lord today and they will enter into God’s eternal wrath and that will be the darkest day in all human history for them. At the darkest moment in man’s future history Jesus will pierce the darkness as lighting splits the sky and declare His glory! When Christ returns from above some will marvel at His Light and others will tremble but all the earth will see the glory and righteousness of our God and Savior.

“The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.”

Ps. 97:1 The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
2 Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3 A fire goes before Him, And burns up His enemies round about.
4 His lightnings light the world; The earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.

Glory in our Redeemer, who came and is coming again!

Pastor Randy

04
Feb
09

He Crushed Him!

By means of encouragement and to help you enjoy fresh grace today please take some time out of your day and read the following passages of scripture. While reading this text ponder the suffering Savior who left heavens glory to suffer and serve.

Isaiah 53:1-12 (ESV)
1 Who has believed what they heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Think about how the weightiness of your sin and how your utter hopeless condition was removed when Jesus filled with compassion left His place of honor in order to bring you the hope of heaven.

Dwell on the loving-kindness of God who sent His Son to take your place to be the payment for your sin. The holy, beloved, willing, perfectly glorious Son of God came and was despised and rejected by you and me. Our hearts were blinded by sin and we could not see His beauty and grace. But God intervened through sovereign love and opened our eyes to see our sin and through the love of His Son He changed our depraved disposition.

God the Father crushed Jesus, not you and me what kind of love is this?
“Amazing love how can it be that Thou my God shouldst die for me!”

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus bearing our sins was crushed by the Father and the crushing of the Holy One produced a sweet smelling aroma of life unto life that has now been granted to all who believe and trust in the Lamb of God who gave Himself up for us!

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Pastor Randy