The key: the glorious presence of Jesus. Amen!
This week, W&R is focusing on the theme of the third gospel, Luke: Jesus the Savior, the Messiah.
For all eternity, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will be honored, revered, proclaimed and infinitely more.
God gave and sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for the world.
Jesus gave His life and died for the life of the world.
Only one faith has a Savior who died for the world.
Only one God loves the world so much that He gave His only Son and sent Him to the earth to save and redeem mankind.
God came to earth as a man and justified Himself to the world.
In fact, He did something even more sacrificial than coming to the earth Himself. He sent His only begotten Son to die for the world. Whosoever believes in the Lord Jesus shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Yet, He was hated, betrayed, condemned, and rejected.
He was beaten again and again, scourged, whipped, and flogged to the point of death.
He was brutally whipped 39 times. The instrument had thongs with metal hooks and pottery shards, designed to tear the flesh to the bone. Forty lashes was designed to kill someone.
A crown of thorns was placed on His head. His head was beaten with a heavy wooden stick.
He was mocked, ridiculed, spit upon, and slapped on the face.
He was insulted, taunted, reviled, and blasphemed.
They drove four nails through his hands and feet.
He was crucified on a cross for six hours, one of the most brutal forms of execution. He was killed. He was executed.
Jesus shed His blood seven times and was the perfect sacrifice.
He rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and lives forevermore.
Jesus Christ is the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world.
Whosoever relies on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He is the only way to life and heaven.