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(HE DID IT FOR YOU) SCRIPTURE - ISA. 53:5                                                      APRIL, 1996



Two thousand and some years ago, a child was born, by the name of Jesus. This Jesus, grew up to be one of the most loved, and the mosthated men of all time. He was a man, with a mission. That mission, was to save all of mankind from their sins [MATT. 1:21]. In order to do this, He had to follow God's plan, of living a righteous, and holy Life, then offer Himself up, as a sacrifice, to God. As we celebrate this Easter season, commemorating the death, burial and ressurection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there are many, that don't understand just what it is, this Jesus, did for all of us. For truly, if He had not done it, then our lives would truly be hell, and death would mean eternity in hell. That is, if mankind were still here. For it is possible, that man may have destroyed himself.

Picture the scene, in the Garden of Gethsemene, where Jesus has just finished, asking the Father, to let the plan that He had to go through, pass from Him [MATT. 26:39]. He then, however says, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. He goes back to His disciples, and while He is speaking to them, Judas, a man that had been one of His disciples shows up with a multitude of people, to take Him in to custody. From [MATT. 26:51-54], we see, that Jesus is quite able to get delivered from what is about to take place, if He wants to, but He chooses to follow the plan. He is then led away.

His next stop, is before a high priest, named Caiaphas, where He is subject to persecution, ridicule, and physical assault. He is lied on. He is spit upon. Many hit Him in the face with their hands, and mocked Him [MATT. 26:66-68]. Yet, He did, and said nothing. It is said, that some, even grabbed Him by the beard, and pulled it off of His face. Yet, He did not retaliate. Remember, at any time, He could have stopped this, but He didn't.

Next, He stands before Pontius Pilate. There, more of the same occurs. He is accused, beaten with omething similar to a cat of nine tails, till His flesh, is literally torn away from His bones. A crown of thorns, is placed on His head. It is pressed down with such force, that the thorns, get embedded in His head, and it begins to swell. It swells so much, that He no longer looks human. Yet, He allows them to continue. But, there is still more to come.

It has been determined, that He should be crucified. A cross is brought to Him, and He is made to carry it, out of the city, and up to the top of a hill, called Golgotha. Now remember, His back has been beat to shreds. His beard has been pulled from His face. And this crown of thorns, has caused Him to bleed profusely. But, the worst, is yet to come. When they reached the top of the hill, they laid the cross on the ground, and laid Him on top of it. They take one arm, and stretch it out, and nail that hand to the cross. Then, they take the other hand, and do the same thing. Next, they take one foot, place it on top of the other foot, then with one big nail, they nail His feet to it.

Can you imagine the pain of all of this??? But, it's not over yet. They then, stand the cross up, and allow the base of it, to drop down in to a hole in the ground so it will stand upright. Well, when it drops, and hits bottom, this jars the whole thing, and further tears the wounds in His hands and feet. While He is up there, and still alive, He is mocked by the crowds that are standing there. For hours, He clings to life. He gets thirsty, and asks for a drink, and is given, what can best be discribed as vinegar. Then, shortly after this, He dies. Then a Roman soldier, pierces Him in the side with his spear. Now think of this. This man went through total hell, before He died. And at any point, during this torture, He could have called legions of angels to come down and destroy everyone in sight. But, He didn't do it. Why ???

Because, if He had, you my friend, and I, would have nothing to look forward to, when we die, but an eternity in hell. The torture that He endured, was representative of the torture that each one of our lives would be, and deservedly so. Because all of us, like sheep, have gone astray. We are all unrighteous, and don't deserve any better. We are wicked to the core (heart) [JER. 17:9]. But God, in His mercy and grace, made a way of escape from the judgement that was pronounced on Adam, because of his disobedience. That way, required that some man, that was perfect, not tainted with the blood of sinful man, and that was able to please God, in all areas of life, be offered as a blood sacrifice, to appease the demands of a righteous God. Jesus, was that man.

What He did for us, not only saved us from an eternity in hell, but also delivered us from the curses that fell on mankind, because of Adam. Sickness, infirmity, poverty and death. All of these, came into being, part and parcel, when Adam, sold out, to the devil. God, had given Adam dominion over all the earth. This included the birds, the land animals, and those in the sea. It also included every thing, living or not, like plants and trees and rocks and such. Man even had dominion over viruses and germs and such. But, he turned all of that authority, over to the devil. And from then, to now, the devil has been using them, to destroy us. Jesus, through His death on the cross, burial, and resurrection, redeemed us, and got back, all the authority that Adam had turned over to the devil, then gave it back to us.

This work, this sacrifice, that Jesus did, opened the door for you, and I, to partake of the salvation that is the plan of God. For without it, we would be men and women, most miserable. There would be no hope for us, to escape the punishment that we deserve. But, through His shed blood, death, burial and resurrection, we have a right to life everlas- ting. And just how do we partake of this salvation?? Jesus said, 'YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN' [ST. JOHN 3:3,7]. And how do you get born again? [Rom. 10:9-10] says that you only need to believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart, that He was raised from the dead, you shall be saved.

All of the suffering that Jesus did, He did for you. You would figure, that the reason He did it, was because of all of the billions of people, whose lives were affected by the sins of Adam. And you would be partially right. The truth is, IF YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON ON THE FACE OT THIS EARTH, THAT WAS ON THEIR WAY TO HELL, BECAUSE OF SIN, AND THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE YOU, HE WOULD HAVE COME HERE AND GONE THROUGH THE WHOLE THING, JUST FOR YOU. That, my friend, is true Love. For God so loved you, that He gave His Son ....

As far as where you have to go, to get saved, you can do it right now, right where you are. All you have to do is say, "JESUS, I AM A SINNER, AND I AM SORRY FOR MY SINFUL WAYS. WILL YOU COME INTO MY HEART, AND CLEANSE ME FROM ALL MY SIN, AND BE LORD OF MY LIFE. I ACCEPT YOU AS LORD AND SAVIOR, AND WITH YOUR HELP, I WILL LIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU. I BELIEVE THAT YOU DIED ON THE CROSS FOR MY SINS, AND WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, FOR MY JUSTIFICATION." If you prayed that prayer, from the heart, meaning every word, congratulations, you are now saved. The next thing you need to do, is start learning about what God wants you to begin doing. Among these things, is get water baptized, in the name of Jesus as a symbolic act of the remission of your sins. Also, seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which will be the evidence of God's power, being given to you, as recorded in the book of Acts, chapter 2. You may not feel any different, but believe me, no, believe God, YOU ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST. OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY, AND BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE NEW (2 COR. 5:17).