“Jesus paid it all”

Thoughts from Geno, worship leader at FBC:
“Greetings everyone!
Like all of you, I’ve not had the opportunity to meet together with the church family, and for me that means not a lot of singing together. Have you felt the absence of singing in your life without church meetings lately? Have you been uplifted by your favorite Christian song on the radio lately? (Praise God for those other mediums that are still active).

The need for worship in our lives has only increased with the added isolation we’re all experiencing. I’ll be putting together some thoughts and songs for you in coming weeks, but for now I’ve found some good resources that will get your worship started.

Here’s a link to a song devotional that applies to these times. You can listen to the song, read through the related Scripture, and check out the devo that goes with it:

https://www.weareworship.com/us/blog/peace-be-still-song-devotional/

Here’s a song and some thoughts that take us deeper into worship during the Lent season:

https://www.weareworship.com/us/blog/lent-devotional-in-christ-alone/

And here’s a website that was just created to allow people all over the world to have an opportunity to worship together during these difficult times! They’re encouraging the global church to dedicate some time between 8am and 10am everyday to sung worship. Check it out if you’d like:

https://www.singinthestorm.com/

The following is our sermon for the week from Pastor Gene, God bless!”

Jesus paid it all from Hebrews 10:11-12

“Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.”

There was something temporary about the sacrifices of priests as they prayed for forgiveness of people’s sins over 2000 years ago.  So, their ritual had to be repeated over and over, year after year.  Another year meant another lamb, or another goat, or another turtle dove.  God did forgive people of their sins – any thought, word, or deed that goes against God’s will. 

But a sacrifice was coming that would end the temporary status.  A perfect sacrifice was about to pay for all sins for all time.

This is what Jesus accomplished for us!

When Lily Pinneo, a missionary nurse, was in West Africa, she contracted a deadly disease called Lassa fever.  After Lily was flown to New York for medical treatment, her temperature soared to 107 degrees F.  To reduce the fever, doctors packed her in ice and fed her intravenously.  The fever subsided.  After nine weeks, she had lost twenty-eight pounds and most of her hair.  Yet somehow, she survived.

In a laboratory, Dr. Casals carefully isolated and analyzed the Lassa virus.  But he too fell ill from his exposure to the disease.  At the time, no known treatment was effective.  Fortunately, Nurse Pinneo was convalescing and had built up antibodies to the dreaded disease.  She was able to donate blood to Dr. Casals which contained the life-saving antibodies able to stop the virus.  Dr. Casals recovered.  Her blood had saved his life!

Like the nurse’s blood saved Dr. Pinneo’s life, Jesus’ blood has the power to save us.  But Jesus did more than just give His blood.  He gave His life for you and for me.

Psalms 40:6-8 explains that you cannot buy forgiveness.  Only a perfect sacrifice would be acceptable to God.  Jesus was the one and only perfect and acceptable sacrifice.

In order for Jesus to perform this exceptional sacrifice, He had to know His Father’s will and obey Him completely.  Jesus did this perfectly for 33 years. 

When He could have disobeyed His earthly parents at age 12, He chose to remain in subjection to them (Luke 2:41-51).  As Jesus grew older, through His teens, and into His twenties, He could have left home and gone on to seek His own desires and fulfill the flesh.  But He chose to grow in stature and in favor with God and with man (Luke 2:52).  He didn’t demand His own way, or defy His parents.

When He could have had food in the desert, He chose hunger, rather than bread (Mat. 4:1-4).  When He could have been spared human suffering, He chose to experience loneliness and pain above physical comfort (Mat. 4:5-7).  When He could have had fame and fortune or whatever He wanted that this world could offer, He chose poverty, simplicity, humility – even rejection and betrayal (Mat. 4:8-10).

When faced with the choice of being rescued by twelve legions (A Roman legion was about 6,000 men, Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary) of angels or going through with a painful trial, beatings, and a cruel crucifixion, Jesus chose to exchange His glory for our guilt (Mat. 26:53).

The matchless and holy Prince of Peace took our suffering upon Him and felt our pain for us.  He was wounded for all the wrong all of us ever did (Is. 53:4).  He was crushed for the evil we did.  The tears and the sweat drops of blood He shed in the Garden of Gethsemane demonstrated the weight of our sins pressing down on our divine substitute (Luke 22:44).

Jesus gave us the embrace of God’s love with a blessing.  We gave Him a spear in the side (John 19:34).  Jesus gave us a righteous standing before God.  We gave Him a crown of thorns and 40 lashes (John 19:1-2).

Jesus gave us life and life in its abundance.  We gave him vinegar for his parched throat, shame in His naked body lifted up on a criminal’s cross, and abandonment in His hour of distress (John 10:10; Mark 15:22-28).

We went free – forgiven and redeemed.  He took the punishment that made us well (Is. 53:5).  He took the wounds that heal us.  Our ghastly and disfigured bodies, made ugly by our sins, He took for Himself – giving us His own beautiful and perfect life (I Peter 2:24-25).

Most high priests had to sacrifice over and over again.  Not this One!  His sacrifice was like no other.  His life of perfect obedience was well pleasing to the Father.  This time, no other sacrifice would be needed (Heb. 9:11-12).  Jesus paid it all!

He was forsaken.  We were adopted (Psalm 22:1; Galatians 4:5).

He was betrayed.  We were befriended (Mark 14:44; John 15:15).

What an exchange!  What a sacrifice!  What a Savior!

Who could say “no” to Him?  Jesus paid it all!

Thank you Jesus, for dying in my place.  Please forgive me of all my sins.  Help me to do the Father’s will in my life.  Come be my Savior, Lord, and Friend.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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