Monday, December 12, 2005

The Slain Lamb

"And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain..." Rev. 5:6

Jesus stands in heaven as a Lamb that has been slain. Isaiah 52 says He was marred more than any other man ever. That's more than the nastiest accident you can imagine. How about a man burned alive? Yep, worse than that. Jesus was slain for us. We won't quite understand what he endured until we see Him in person. It actually goes much deeper than just physical scarring.

The crazy thing is that Jesus wasn't concerned much about the physical pain He was up against. As He prayed in the garden just before His crucificion with such intensity that capalaries burst and blood flowed out of His pores, Jesus was actually concerned about one thing: being seperated from the Father. Jesus knew no sin. He was about to take on the sin of the world and be seperated from His Father for a time and the agony of that was torture beyond any physical pain.

"Jesus was close to His Father,
drew His love from His Father,
was in love with His Father" - Jon Courson

What do you worry over? Losing your job? Failing school? People not liking you? Yeah, I'm with ya. However, how much would we freak out if we were seperated from the Father for a day? Probably not at all. Let's stop worrying over stuff that isn't really that big of a deal in the perspective of eternity and start concerning ourselves with constant genuine communion with the Father. That's what the Christian walk is really all about: being totaly consumed with the Lord and relaxing in Him, hanging out with Him, drawing every breath from Him, running every thought past Him.

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