“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16v16
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ” Isaiah 9v6
I love reading this verse – isn’t it incredible!
Christ shall be called Wonderful
Christ shall be called Counsellor
Christ shall be called the mighty God
Christ shall be called the EVERLASTING FATHER and Prince of Peace.
Justice and Grace met at the Cross of Christ.
Do we meditate enough on God’s holiness, His judgement, His justice and the need for a blood sacrifice for atonement – thats how evil our transgressions are to God. Do we mock God by thinking that our sins are not really THAT bad? Do we fear our GREAT and MIGHTY God?
And yet God’s wonderful grace reached down and met his justice face to face and opened the way for us to be reunited with HIM – through our Saviour, The CHRIST.
“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22v42-44 KJV
I love this verse about the angel appearing unto Jesus to strengthen him. Incredible to think of him MIGHTY GOD in human form needing that strengthening and being vulnerable to His creation. Wonderful the closeness of The Father and The Son…..
“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23v46
….. and awful the anguish of the separation between The Father and The Son.
I can’t imagine knowing in advance what Jesus knew he was going to go through – the incredible anguish of his sweat as great drops of blood, then finding the strength to go through it and going through it with such submission and peace and strength of heart.
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” Matthew 27v50-53
That must have been a moment like no other in the history of the world – other than the creation! The earthquake, the temple veil rent, the rocks rent! Graves opened. The Power of God – and the POWER of the SACRIFICE of the CHRIST.
IT IS FINISHED! Praise the Lord!
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ” John 3v18