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Lenten Meditation Day 31 -

Psalm128:1 Blessed are all who fear the lord, who walk in his ways.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus at the Jordan River the scripture says: (Jn.1:29) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I meant when I said ” A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”
These are profound words. Whenever the Israelites heard the word “lamb” they would immediately think about the Lamb which was sacrificed on the Passover night and the lamb that is sacrificed once a year for the sins of the people. John is announcing that Jesus is the LAMB – and adds “who takes away the sin of the world”. The lamb that was sacrificed at the Temple represented the sins of the people for that year. John was a Prophet, Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins. He is the Son God who redeemed us by His Blood. Nothing could pay the redemptive price for our sins except the Blood of the Son of God. .
Father, thank You for sending Your only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for us so that we would be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven and be with you always. Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and give us the grace to tell others about the love of Jesus and His atoning Blood.


 

 

Lenten Meditation-Day 32 -

Ps.119:153 Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.

The Lamb of God is mentioned in the scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

In Gen.22 Abraham has taken his son Isaac up to the mountain to offer sacrifice to the lord. Little did Isaac realize he was to be the sacrifice. God had asked Abraham to take his beloved son Isaac and offer him to the lord God. Abraham did just that and when they were on the mountain Isaac said to his father: The fire and wood are here but where is the lamb? Abraham replied “God himself will provide the lamb “.
We know the rest of the story how God stayed Abraham’s hand just as he was prepared to slay his son. God did provide a ram which had been caught in the thick bushes for their sacrifice. God was looking to Abraham’s faith . Abraham proved himself faithful and trustworthy to the lord.
Later God did provide his only begotten Son Jesus as the lamb, the perfect offering for the sins of the world. Truly amazing !

God is looking to us to see our faith, is it equal to Abraham’s? We have seen the Son God and His miracles, do we believe sufficiently enough to do as the lord commands us? Probably not as Abraham was tested but in our own lives. Tested to be still and wait on the lord? Tested to live a life of prayer hidden to all men? Tested enough to help others at the cost of our own comfort?

Tested to deny ourselves things only we know are so important to us? Tested in our faith constantly?
Father, we adore You, thank You for Your Word which leads and shows us Your ways. We seek Your grace for this moment and all through the day. Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and those who are hungry and thirst for You.

 

Lenten Meditations- Day 33 -

Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yes, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

In Isaiah 53 : 7 it says “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
The Prophet speaks of the sacrifice of Jesus in this verse. Jesus was the Lamb. The Lamb didn’t say a word this was his calling.

All of Ch.53 speaks of the Lord being crucified verse 3- He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces form him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Matthew 27:30 : And they spat upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.v.31
And after they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

The Lamb, the sacrifice, the blood, atonement for sins is revealed throughout all the scriptures. From Abraham, Moses, Leviticus, Psalms, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Jesus Himself tell of the redeeming work done by the Lamb of God. Only God could pay for our sins, no animal sacrifice,no money, nothing except the Blood of Jesus, the Perfect Lamb- of God.

Father, we adore You and thank You for sending Your only Son to redeem us. Help us to keep focused on Jesus during these days of Lent. Bless our families, our nation, our Church and all who long to know the Savior of the world.

            

Lenten Meditations- Day 34 -

Psalm 22:1-My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree; that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

Peter is the writer in this epistle, a man who had walked, talked and followed Jesus, who denied Him three times, who wept and repented , who was called to be head of the apostles. Nothing is impossible with God. Peter is somewhat like David, he cried greatly over his sins, was forgiven and even raised to greater heights than before. Our god is a compassionate and loving Father.

No matter what we have done, He forgives and calls and blesses us. What great consolation. It helps to hear the stories of those who have gone before us, they give us examples of mercy and grace.

Father, thank You for your loving kindness and mercy. Cause us to bow before You and acknowledge our sins so we too may be doubly blessed and enter into Your Kingdom. Bless our families, our nation, our Church and all who are desolate, depressed, suffering and don’t know Jesus as Redeemer and Lord. He is the Healer and Shepherd.

  

Lenten Meditation- Day 35 -

Psalm 22:6-But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people.

In the above Psalm, the one that Jesus quoted on the cross we see the suffering Savior, it was written by David and given to the Chief Musician who then taught it to the Levites, the Praisers around the Meeting Tent.

The whole Psalm is a graphic picture of death by crucifixion. The bones (of the hands, arms, shoulders, and pelvis) out of joint (verse 14) the profuse perspiration caused by intense suffering (v.14) the action of the heart affected (v.14) the strength exhausted, and extreme thirst(v15) the hands and feet pierced (v.16) partial nudity with the hurt to modesty (v 17) are all associated with that mode of death. These are all fulfilled in the crucifixion of Christ. The desolate cry of v.1 : the periods of darkness of v.2; the contemptuous and humiliating treatment of vv.6-8.12-13, the casting of lots (v.18) were all literally fulfilled.

When it is remembered that crucifixion was a Roman, not Jewish form of execution, the proof of inspiration is irresistible. David wrote this Psalm 1000 years before Christ. Jesus probably studied and memorized this Psalm as a young student of the scriptures.

Father, we adore You, thank You for Your Son Jesus. Prepare us for our death, Father, keep Your Hand upon us as we walk the road to Calvary and death. Thank You for letting Jesus bear our sins to the cross for us. We are grateful and humbled by Your Grace. Bless our families, our nation, our Church, and all who are walking this Lent following Jesus to death to self and life in Jesus.

 

Lenten Meditation-Day 36 -

Psalm 27:1 the Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?

1 Peter 1:18,19.For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you sake.

To be redeemed means to free someone from something bad by paying a penalty or a ransom. In the Greek world slaves could be redeemed by the payment of a price, either by someone else or by the slave himself. Jesus redeems believers from the “curse of the law” and “all wickedness” .The ransom price is not silver or gold but Christ’s blood (Eph.1:7-Rev.5:9) the result is forgiveness of sins and justification.

Again we see the word “lamb”, Jesus was without blemish or sin, a perfect offering. The lamb is more fully declared in the book of Revelation. God’s ways are not our ways He uses the meekest and humblest to do His work. Jesus was meek and humble of heart. He chose to follow the will of his father for you and me. Such love.

If we listen and have our hearts open we too can follow the way of the Father.

Father, we worship You today and all the days of Lent. Help us to focus on Your Son by spending more and more time sitting at His feet. Cause us to see things we have never seen before, open our eyes to see Your light and truth. Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and all who are hungry and thirst for Your Truth .

      

Lenten Meditation- Day 37 -

Psalm 25:2-O my God, I trust in thee; let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

In 1 Peter 2:22-Who (Christ) did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; Who ,when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judges righteously; Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree. That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes you are healed.

verse. 25 For you were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Jesus is again seen as the Lamb, he was meek and without sin, he bore our sins on the tree so we might be washed in the Blood of the lamb. Over and over we see who he was, a lamb without blemish, the perfect offering to the Father for all of us. He is spotless and pure. He shows us the way to walk, to follow his way.
We need to listen and be still, I know I am too busy about many things that really don’t matter. What is really important? Why am I here? Why are you here? For one purpose – to know, love and serve the Lord God. He is our maker, our creator, our destiny, our joy and peace. The only thing that keeps me apart from him is my own self will. When I lay that down at His feet and adore Him then I will experience the joy and peace that only comes through Him. I will be re-born into His kingdom, the kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. He has a purpose for me and you. A great and holy purpose, be still and He will tell each of us what that is, listen carefully. He is speaking. I hear Him;

He says “Come, I love you”.

Father, You are Holy and wonderful Lord God, thank you for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to save us. Send Your Holy Spirit and imprint on each of us the mark of the Cross of the Savior for all to see as we proclaim Jesus Christ as our lord.

Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and all who seek Your Face.

      

Lenten Meditation- Day 38 -

Psalm 19:12 -Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.
As we draw near to the end of our 40 days of Lent, let’s look at Hebrews 10:12 .
“But this man (Jesus) after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God. Verse 14-for by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified. Verse 17: And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more”.
This is incredible, if we can just grab hold of this, meditate and ask God for the sure knowledge that He DID IT ALL. We don’t have to worry about our sins and forgiveness, it is done. It is by GRACE and FAITH we
accept this surety and be grateful for all He did for each of us.
Verse 22: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Verse 23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.
Truly we are the called and chosen, again why?
Because He loves us. His love is like a mighty ocean covering the earth, it’s waves rolling towards the shore to encompass each of us. He desires to be the river, the sea, the sky, the sun, the moon for each of us. He made them for our delight and enjoyment, He gave His all to gather us into His arms and call us each by name- God our father wants us to live lives filled with joy and peace and love, that’s His plan. He has done the greater part, we have only to say yes, yes, yes.
This Lent let your “yes” be with faith and love, surer than ever before, fortified with the Word of God.
Father, thank You for the journey of these 40 days, Your Word has sustained us and given us new life. Keep Your hand upon us as we travel into Holy Week with Jesus. Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and all who love Your Word.



 



 

 

Lenten Meditation- Day 39 -

Psalm 130-Out of the depths I cry to You ,O lord, O Lord, hear my voice.
The Lamb of God, as announced by John the Baptist and spoken of throughout all the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, is our sure hope and salvation.
In Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders, -He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. The 24 elders fell down before the lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth.
Jesus, the Lamb, is hailed the Lamb of God and given all honor and glory and power and wealth and wisdom and praise. Great is the Lamb of God, to Him be honor and glory forever. His Blood has redeemed us and He has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and to reign on the earth.
Father, thank You for sending Your Son to redeem us and bring us into Your kingdom to be your sons and daughters. Cause us to act as your children by deeds of kindness, love and sharing. Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and guide us to be whatever You have desired us to be according to Your plan and will.


 

 

 
 

Lenten Meditation- Day 40 -
Psalm 99:1 The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble, he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.
This is the last of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert before He began His ministry on earth. He was empowered by the Holy Spirit to go forth and to do the will of His Father. He set His face towards Jerusalem at the appointed time, knowing that would cost Him, His life. The Holy Spirit was with Him as He walked, talked, performed miracles, called his disciples, wept at His friend’s death, celebrated at weddings, was tired and often attacked by the rulers of the Jews. He knew He faced mockery, humiliation, denials, cruelty, betrayal, crucifixion.
Yet He went forth because He saw the glory that was before Him.
He loved with the greatest love of all mankind.
He loved passionately without cost.
He suffered greatly because of love.
He has given us example. Follow no man but the Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to do likewise- to love our neighbors, feed the poor, help the homeless, clothe the naked, to praise, to give thanks, to sing of His glory.
This is possible because of the grace and mercy of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He would not leave us orphans but would send His Holy Spirit. Let us walk in the spirit with God as our Father and Jesus as Lord.
Father, thank You for giving us time to reflect during these days of lent on the life of Jesus here on earth. Cause us to follow in His footsteps. Bless our families, our Nation, our Church and help us to reach out to others who do not know the saving power and grace of Your Son, Jesus , the lamb of God.
 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

      
 

 
 
 
 

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