Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son. And the two of them went on together.” (Genesis22:8)
Abraham’s faith manifested itself in obedience, illustrated by his offering his son Isaac as a burnt offering in accordance with God’s command.
Even so, Abraham’s answer to Isaac was that God would provide the lamb for the sacrifice. John the Baptist pointed to Jesus (John 1:29) to Jesus as God’s Lamb, who makes atonement for the world’s sin.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today is Maundy Thursday, Jesus’ last day on this earth, at least before the resurrection. It is a day where He held the Last Supper with His disciples, He was betrayed by Judas, He and the disciples went to the Garden to pray, He was arrested and taken before Herod and then Pilate, back to Herod and finally to Pilate. It is a day of remembrance for us, of all that Jesus did for our sins. Dear Abba, never let us forget the sacrifice that You made, to allow us to find eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Churches are the distributors of the Bread of Life.”
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life, and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah53:6, 11)
Unexpected love shocks us into confessing our sin. In face of the Suffering Servant our only response is to say we belong to a dumb race which has all followed the leader into sin and destruction. We have followed our own path instead of following our Shepherd. That is the essence of sin. God promised His Suffering Servant would justify many.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” (Romans1:16-17)
The gospel declares that God puts persons right with him through faith in Christ. God does not wait for humans to achieve righteousness, that is, to do what is right. God acted in Christ to gave us righteousness. The gift of righteousness is at the same time a call to be righteous, not by rigidly following a legalistic list of rules and traditions, but by letting trust in God control every action of life.
Second Thought of the Day:
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of he elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.’ Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?’” (Matthew 16:21–26)
There is nothing we can give in exchange for our life. We can never save ourselves, no matter how much money or property or power we have in this life. We cannot save ourselves.
Fortunately, Christ came to suffer for us on the cross. He is the One who puts us in right relationship with god through His sacrificial death as the loving and compassionate Suffer Servant. Simply put, beloved, it is a free gift, offered to us by accepting God through His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.