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With Pastor Dave Roussel

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The Suffering and Sacrifice of Jesus

July 17 – Today’s Readings – Isaiah 52-54 and Psalms 17

What a beautifully detailed – but horrific picture Isaiah paints for us concerning the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus. Isaiah 52:13-14 and Isaiah 53:2-11 read this way;

“See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him – his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness – He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.”

Scripture indicates that Jesus was not particularly handsome to look at in the first place – he was physically just an ordinary fellow, but then He was beaten till He was hideous to look at – disfigured and marred beyond human likeness. We despised and rejected Him – He knew sorrow, suffering, and rejection as a man. He carried in His body our cancer, stroke, heart attack, AIDS, Hep. A B& C, deafness, blindness, pain of the worst kind, depression, mental torment – ALL HUMAN SICKNESS. Jesus took all of these things and more to the cross with Him. He carried all our grief and all of our sorrows in his mind and when God the Father Himself rejected Him He suffered the torment of Hell itself. He was pounded on, and pierced through without opening His mouth. He knew that in His death He would leave no descendants, only a grieving mother and family with no accomplishments of the worldly type. As He was dying, He was called a criminal and a sinner. All of this happened because all moral crime must be JUDGED with JUSTICE. Everything within us understands justice – and the only judgment possible for mankind is separation from God because there is no sin in heaven. Therefore Jesus had to make a way of redemption for us – so that we could be forgiven – sinless – temples of the living God – in fellowship with Him. Hallelujah!..

Questions:

1. What should be our attitude towards all sickness – knowing that in heaven there is no sickness or disease?

2. Do you ever get angry at sickness or disease in our world? Good – sickness and disease are enemies of the cross of Christ.

A Parent’s Tongue

January 17 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 49-50 and Psalms 17

My meditation today concerns the power of the tongue – in this case, Jacob’s tongue – the words of a parent. The pronouncement of blessing or rebuke upon his children profoundly impacted whether they would be blessed and prosper or not. He had enormous “word power” by saying certain things and showing approval or disapproval towards his children.

Before I comment further, let me remind you of the incredible power resident in our words as we interact with our spouses, our children, and those around us each day. People “sense” blessing or opposition from us every time we interact with them. We also have the capacity to create an environment in which people can prosper by the words we speak. How we speak to our immediate family members is especially important here. We are obviously concerned about their success but are we speaking words of success over them? I once heard an Italian comedian tell a joke about the difference between an Italian momma and a Jewish momma: – The Italian mom would call out the window every morning; “Luigi – did you remember your lunch!” – whereas the Jewish mom would call out; “Levi, did you remember your books!” This is of course a comedic exaggeration of cultural differences, but our children’s success really does begin with the words they hear from an early age.

Here’s the plan – let’s make people MORE successful by speaking blessing into their lives – by being the one who constantly believes in them.

Here are three Proverbs about “words” worth meditating on:

Proverbs 12:18 – “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 15:4 – “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Now – concerning all the nasty things people have said to us over the years? You may even have had a parent who had nothing but bad things to say about you. Then you met the Lord and He began to speak words of life to you. Since The Lord entered your life, no curse or condemnation has been allowed to have “stick-me” power in our lives – unless of course we allowed them to! When people have tried to speak negative things over your life – words that would stop you from fulfilling your destiny – God has covered you like a shield and has protected you like a strong tower. There is nothing holding you back – “if God is for me, then who can be against me!”

Remember, God thinks you are wonderful, gifted and anointed – a person who can do all that the Father has purposed for you! God bless you!.

Questions:

1. Can you think of nasty words that were spoken to you when you were younger? Describe the feelings you had when these things were said. (Remember that you do need to forgive all these people 🙂 )

2. Now, think of someone who said something very uplifting to you or about you – how did that make you feel?

Project – Make a list of people who need kind words from you today.

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