From the Cradle to the Cross: Thank You Jesus

We come to the end of the Holy week and prepare to celebrate our Savior’s Resurrection this Sunday. I am horrified reading the accounts of the pain and suffering Jesus experienced on His way to the cross. He came down to earth and was born as a baby, trained as a carpenter, recruited twelve disciples as He began His ministry. (He was denied by one and betrayed by another.) Christ performed incredible miracles on the road to Calvary. This year my faith in Jesus continues to be bolstered beyond all measure.

 

I NEVER want to forget…

Today I remember the cross and what Jesus did for me.  For many years Good Friday was a day off from work or just an opportunity for a long weekend. I know that what happened at the cross saved my life, rescued me from Hell, and has given me hope of eternal life with Him.

Are you brokenhearted because of the pain He suffered? I am beyond thankful for His willingness to be the ransom that saved me from all my sin. We will never understand a love like His, but thankfully we accept His gift of salvation. I want to live each day of my life in obedience to please God so that He is glorified.

 

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, and the peace of our chastisement was upon Him; and by His scourging we are healed.  He was oppressed and afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth.” Isaiah 53:5,7. 

Remember the examples of love and compassion that Jesus showed to everyone regardless of their race, their social standing, or even income level. He loved the poor, the sick, and the helpless.   Christ did not judge based on their appearance and asked for nothing in return.  I want to remember the patience and grace He showed for those that surrounded Him as they sought His help. Sadly they never understood that His mission on earth was to save them from their sins.

So some children were brought to him so that He might lay hands on them and pray.” Matthew 19:13.

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10

Jesus Inspires me

Are you inspired by Jesus and His awesome power when you read about all the miracles He performed?   He turned water into wine–good wine! Christ healed the lame and blessed the blind to see. He fed 5000 plus people with five loaves and two small fish. My Lord calmed the wind and seas during violent storms. He raised His friend, Lazarus from the dead.

That being said, I want to embrace the strength and humility He showed. My Lord was falsely accused, spat upon, beaten unmercifully, and He did not utter a word to anyone. The undeniable courage that Jesus showed while dying on that cross–bearing the burden of God’s wrath inspires me.

Christ is no longer on the Cross!

As we head towards Resurrection Sunday; My hope comes from Jesus. He no longer hangs on that cross or lies dead in a tomb but He is risen!

Right now, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God. He has sent the Holy Spirit to live within and to watch over me. My Savior is preparing a home for me to join Him in Heaven one day.  Oh, what a glorious feeling! I hope you feel the same as you read these words of comfort from Jesus.

Let not your heart be troubled ; you believe in God, believe also in me, In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you , I will come again and receive unto myself that where I am there you may be also.” John 14:1-3.

Because Jesus rose again, we can now have the security of salvation and the forgiveness of our sins when we put our trust in Him.  We have the opportunity for an intimate relationship with God while He molds us to be more like Christ. 

So, as you celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this weekend, remember the cross today and the reason that He suffered and died. And when you see the sunrise on Sunday morning, cherish the fact that He has RISEN. Never forget how much your Savior loves you and thank Him for all He has done!

Before you leave, please take a moment and listen to one of the best Resurrection songs ever. Share with me in the comments what Easter means to you. Be well friends, and God bless.

 

In Christ, 

 

Horace Williams Jr.

"Horace Williams, Jr.'s non-fiction Christian Worship and Prayer book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life: A Power that Transforms Lives, briefly and eloquently explores the benefits of prayer and the richness of having a personal relationship with God. Williams answers many questions in his book, including what prayer is, when and how often should one pray and how forgiveness impacts one's relationship with God. Each chapter in his book addresses a power imparted through and by prayer, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life: A Power that Transforms Lives is most highly recommended." Now available on Amazon. Get your copy today.

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10 comments on “From the Cradle to the Cross: Thank You Jesus

Horace, I am humbled, awestruck, inspired, and oh so grateful for the Lord’s sacrifice! And i don’t ever want to forget the great sacrifice that was rendered for our sins. It’s too important. Life-changing even.
Great message! I do hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Blessings!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Rachel. Life-changing indeed! God has given us the opportunity to live eternally with Him in Heaven. Jesus’s sacrifice made it possible. Thank you, Jesus. I did have a wonderful Easter. Remembering what Jesus did for me is how I want to live my life. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fantastic week and may God continue o bless you and yours.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hello Marva. It is such a blessing to connect with you again. I’m so thankful that God has made it possible for me to continue writing for His glory. Thank you for visiting today. I look forward to connecting with you more regularly as the Lord wills. Be well my friend and may God continue to bless you and your family in all your endeavors.

I, too, was overcome with sorrow at the realization that Jesus endured all that He did because of my sins. And even if I were the only person on earth, He would’ve done the same. For anyone. I was also overwhelmed with the truth of how humble our God is. He left His throne in heaven to put on our flesh in order to die for us. What an awesome God we serve!! Visiting from #DestinationInspiration. 🙂

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks visiting today Emily. Nice to “meet” you. Yes, Jesus would have died for just you. I’m so thankful for His unconditional love. What an awesome God we serve indeed! Thanks again for the visit. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and God bless.

We are so blessed, Horace. I’m thankful for a Saviour who was gentle but yet strong. I’m thankful He loves those who don’t deserve Him – Jesus loves me! His obedience to the cross and raising from the grave is the best gift for mankind. Happy Easter, Horace!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Lori! What an example of perfect love exhibited by Jesus. His strength and humility is awe inspiring. I’m so thankful for His sacrifice. He has given me the opportunity to be a part of His family. I pray my life is a sweet aroma to Him and He is glorified. Thanks for stopping by today friend. Have a wonderful Easter weekend and may God continue to reveal Himself in your life. Be well and God bless.

Blessed, Horace! Thanks for sharing this. I’m so grateful for the humility and strength of Jesus. On this weekend, especially, I hold the poignant reminder (as you do) of how He holds it all. I love the song you chose to share.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you for visiting Patty, and welcome. Yes, this weekend has such special meaning to me I am beyond thankful for the sacrifice of my Savior. I want to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. Thanks again for the visit. Have a blessed Easter weekend and may God continue to bless you and your family.

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