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Thought for the Day by Ben Martin (Curate)
I’m awful at Art… we used to have Art exams at school and I was given 23%, and I think that was just for turning up and writing my name. But someone who is very good is the Artist Rembrandt. He has produced many notably works, but the one I want to focus on is ‘Raising of the Cross’. Here he depicts Jesus being lifted up upon the cross, but he decides to paint a familiar face onto one of the soldiers… his own.
It was Rembrandts way of saying… i’m guilty, I’m the reason Jesus died.
So today as we prepare to look upon the cross it’s as if we are looking into a mirror.
Jesus had to die for you and for me.
If you want to know what your sin is like, then look upon the Son of God who died for you.
If you want to know what your sin deserves then look upon the Son of God who died for you.
If you want to know the price he paid for you to be free then look upon the Son of God who died for you.
This morning why not use the familiar words of Isaiah 53:3-6 to focus your hearts and minds onto the saviour who died for you and for me.
4Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
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