Friday, April 3, 2015

Day 39 of My Lenten Journey

39. Sorrow

Wow!  This one is heavy, literally.  It is everything of the past 39 days packaged up together in one messy bundle.  Sin, any sin brings sorrow.  However, sorrow leads to good things and that is why today is so important.

Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.  For you became sorrowful as God intended...Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

Today is Good Friday.  It is the day that Jesus was whipped, beaten, disrespected, and mocked. He was made to drag a cross up a hill, then his hands and feet were nailed to it and a crown of sharp thorns shoved onto his head. Jesus took on all this pain, suffering and sorrow so that we could be free of our sins.  He paid the penalty. God outlined this and foreshadowed it through the sacrifices of the Old Testament.

For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.  Leviticus 17:11

This grace that God has offered us is free and for the taking.  All we have to do is trust and believe in Him, that Jesus died on the cross, was dead and buried and on the third day rose again conquering sin and death forever.  From prophesy to apostle, it has been written:

He will swallow up death forever.  The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all the faces; he will remove his people's disgrace from all the earth.  Isaiah 25:8

Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:54-57

So the world sits in sorrow and those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior will continue to sorrow.  If not actually now, the future is guaranteed to be full of it.  The number of times the Bible says "What sorrow awaits..." is numerous.  It's a warning!
Don't wait around until you cannot bear your sorrow any longer or it is too late.

What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them with ropes made of lies, who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!  Isaiah 5:18

Today, I thank Jesus that he has taken the sorrow from my life on a Friday long ago.  He has turned my mourning into gladness and given me joy and comfort instead of sorrow.

Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.  I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.  Jeremiah 31:13

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