Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Friday, April 3, 2015

LOVE that sent Jesus to the cross

Greetings dear folks on this Good Friday.. we remember the ONE Who gave the greatest gift of all.. for those who wonder about  The WHY Good Friday see last year's post here..
It amazes me the changeability of human nature, with the days leading up to trial and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the first day of the week (we now call it Palm Sunday) they are crying to Jesus a Kingly welcome:
..... and then all but a few days later, that same crowd are crying when Pilate, in an attempt to let Jesus go, asked :
"What should we do with Jesus? and they cried "Crucify Him!" 
Yet we too are changeable - often we may blow with the wind, or flow with the situation as it is easer than swimming against the tide of public opinion.
Instead let us be Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, our Saviour Jesus!
God had a greater end in view though! God sees what we cannot, and He saw that man needed a way of salvation from their sin.
When we are bowed down with care and trouble there is ONE Who cares and wants to bear it for us... that is why the Father sent His Son, the LORD Jesus!

It was LOVE - LOVE that sent Jesus to the cross
LOVE that made Him stay there, till it says:

"And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." Luke 23:46

Notice that .. He gave up His life ... it was not taken from Him. 
Jesus, God in the flesh, came down to earth to live among men. As Hebrews say : " He was tested in all points as we are, yet without sin."
He was sinless perfect BUT He knows our struggles.. our cares, sorrows. Surely he hath born our sorrows and our grief"
LOOK! See this chapter in Isaiah 53 many, many centuries before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah  drew the picture of the death Jesus would suffer for our sin, on the tree .. read and be amazed at teh detail, and be grateful too - see here
Satan thought He had won a victory on the cross .. he thought  wrongly though... it was God's way of Salvation and Satan's defeat. It was at the cross that the first prophecy about Satan's defeat was fulfilled, one of many. See Genesis 3:15 
As this verse above says
- GREATER is He that is in You.. by faith if we have trusted in the LORD Jesus as Saviour we receive the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and lives.. God's spirit is great than any power with which Satan might to seek to deceive us.
This is the verse that led to my salvation many years ago.. read about it here and it summarises what Good Friday means - when the LORD gave up His life for us. His blood is the cleansing power for sin.. but salvation is gift! It is not ours till it is taken..
Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, Jesus!
On this day when we remember the greatest gift of all, when the Lord Jesus laid down His life on the cross, shed His blood for our sin, that we might by faith in Him have life for an eternity in heaven. Hallelujah!
How rich are we in Him! if we know Him as out our own Saviour!

Every blessing of the LORD, dear friends upon you and your dear ones on such a special day.
Shaz in Oz.x

8 comments:

Conniecrafter said...

Wonderful stitchery to have up as a daily reminder!

Betsy said...

Shaz, this is just so perfect. You have so eloquently written my thoughts and feelings that I can't add a single word to it. May the Lord bless you and keep you over this Easter weekend. Blessings, Betsy

Anne said...

God Bless you and yours Shaz. Happy Easter. Anne x

Anne said...

God Bless you and yours Shaz. Happy Easter. Anne x

Mehrll said...

Beautiful post which explains so clearly that Christ, the sinless One, died for OUR sins. Bless you Shaz! ((Hugs))

Debbie Harris said...

Beautiful post! Much to ponder on with all that you have shared here.

Let us rejoice in our risen Savior!
Debbie

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Happy Resurrection Sunday to you. Thanks for stopping by. You make lovely cards. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.
Louise

Anne said...

This is such a beautiful post Shaz! Thank you for the hard work you have put into this and for sharing your skills,talents and ministry of the Word. Be blessed, have a wonderful Easter Sunday mon amie. xxx

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