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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Worship On Weds.

[image credit: Time of Grace]

which comes from 


Today's portion of Isaiah 53 is verse 3

[image credit: FaithLife]

The Message puts it this way:

"... He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at Him and people turned away.
    We looked down on Him, thought He was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains He carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought He brought it on Himself, that God was punishing Him for His own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to Him, that ripped and tore and crushed Him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
    Through His bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
    We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,on Him, on Him. (MSG)

Time of Grace's devotional for today with this verse is 


"... King Jesus was given a crown to wear as well, but there was no velvet, platinum, or jewels. The “obeisance” he received from the Roman soldiers was mockery and jest. The “scepter” he was given was a reed, and his “crown” was a strip of thorns twisted into a circlet. As a gesture of total contempt, they beat it into his dear head, intensifying the humiliation and agony. The idea that he claimed to be the King of the Jews brought only resentment--they wanted no further claims on their accountability.

Isaiah had said it would be like this: “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3). It is the paradox of the gospel that Jesus’ path to glory lay through humiliation, that his path to delight lay through pain, that his path to victory lay through suffering, and that the way in which he could crush Satan involved letting himself be crushed first. 
It is the paradox of the gospel that it is through the wounds of Christ that you and I are healed."

"By His Wounds"

As I take a Walk On Weds. and Worship On Weds., with this song, my thoughts reflect on another "garden" - the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46) at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (an olive grove) being "In the Garden" ... 

can you picture this?

... yet this crown that is placed on Our Lord Jesus Christ on Holy Friday at His Crucifixion, is not a crown at all, however, the day is coming when we will see Him, seated on His Throne, in His Crown as He rightly deserves with all of our praise, honor, homage, gratitude and glory ... once again, "I can only imagine"  
"...The same crown of righteousness will be given to all believers who love the appearing of Christ Jesus."~Larry M. Jaynes

 I can hardly believe this -
yet still I wait for this glorious day!


in our


",,,And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known. ..."

This is how I want to linger for this day


walking and talking



like He asked

His disciples that evening

 So I really should have saved this for Maundy Thursday

but I will tarry

reading and reflecting


"The Greatest Prayer"
{fantastic article by John Piper}

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