Sunday, May 14, 2017
And By His Strips We Are Healed-By Pastor Dr Charles Novak
How often have we, you and I, looked at our lives, and thought...I don't deserve you Jesus Christ. I know that I truly don't deserve the pain that you went through for me on Calvary. I certainly am not anything to die over, or have you and I ever said...I am still alive why should you die, and die for me. I personally have asked myself this question so, so, many times, sometimes with tears in my eyes. And at other times with the feeling of knowing that I will just never measure up,or be anywhere close enough to talk to you Lord, God and Savior, let alone look at you Jesus Christ. It took me a long time to understand all these feelings, but we should feel bad, we should feel guilt. As to our sinful nature. Because sin is dirty, and due to our sinful nature we are all as filthy rags. Never and I mean never, able to cleanse our self of it. Yes beloved, our sin is the ultimate dirtying that no amount of soap and water could ever remove, could ever take away, we are stained with the sin of our lives.
But should we continue to feel not good enough ??? Well I believe the first thing to remember and know is that Jesus Christ took all of our sin, He took it all with Him, and bearing the penalty of "all" sin of "all" man, He took it to the Cross, and nailed it through Himself, and into the wood of the cross. And By His Stripes We Are Healed !!!!!!! So we are to never forget that we are sinners, we are to always know that we can never stop sinning, but we are to know that we must forget our confessed sins, and know that Jesus Christ has Willing removed them, and has done so by His Ultimate Sacrifice on the Cross at Calvary
So what is our current state ? Let us look to the Bible to see these truths. (Isiah Chapter 64 Verse 6 King James Version) says. "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness's are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Yes this is all of our beginning, but there is a person that cleans us white as snow. This person is The Son Of God, who has Saved us from our own sin, which the penalty for it is death, but eternal Life through Jesus Christ. This we see in (Romans Chapter 6 Verse 23 King James Version) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord..”
So what must we do to be forgive of our sins, and receive this eternal life through Jesus Christ ? We see this answer in (Acts Chapter 3 Verses 19 Through 21 English Standard Version) “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.”
Now that we have repented, and turned to God, how do we know that He, Jesus Christ, has taken our sin to the Cross with Him, for us. ? The Bible tells us the answer in, (I Peter Chapter 3 Verse 18 English Standard Version) “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” And this is not the only verse that has to speak of this in the Bible. Let us look and see that Jesus died for our sins as told in (I Corinthians Chapter 15 Verses 3 And 4 English Standard Version) “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
We now know without a doubt that Jesus died, and died on the Cross, at Calvary, and has come for all the sins of all mankind. So now what shall we do ? Once again the Bible, which is the Word of God, and lamp to our feet, as we see in (Psalm Chapter 119 Verse 105 King James Version) “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” explains to us just what to do. As the Bible tells us next, we must turn from our sin, as we read in, (Romans Chapter 6 Verse 12 English Standard Version) “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.”
God has Given all to send His Son to the Earth, and knowing that He would die for our sin, the sin of His Own Creation. Jesus Christ has given His life in the fulfillment of Scripture to save us all from a eternal life in hell, due to our sin, and this because, we cannot save ourselves, and this is why we need a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. The Ultimate Sacrifice of Life, to cleanse, and to do so...for no other reason than because of the love that He has for us all.
So from this point on, while trying to walk in a less sinful way of life, what should we do now ???
Once more the text book of Life, the Bible gives us this truth, through the scriptures, as we see in (Psalm Chapter 145 Verse 3 English Standard Version) “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” We should worship and give Praise , and Thanks, to our Lord, God and Savior. (Psalm Chapter 148 Verses 1 And 2 English Standard Version) ”Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!”
We really need to remember all of what Jesus has done for us, and all of the Love that Jesus has for us. This day, and every day alive on this Earth is a gift from God...as if He has not done enough for us already...We need to thank Him for each new day. We need to remember what (Isiah Chapter 53 Verses 3 Through 5 King James Version) has told us, it says: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”