During this time of holy remembrance I have set aside a time of fasting.. not from food but from 'things.' I printed a 40 day card set from Ann Voskamp's blog which has daily scripture reading and the fast for that day. This same set can be found here. The cards are on the free printable page. This has been a very special time of closeness to the Lord and also a time of heart-searching and repentance. This deliberate focus on God and His word has brought such a rewarding time of refreshing by His Spirit. I am so thankful for Ann's website: www.aholyexperience.com.
We will be having our Passover meal this Friday. This is a practice we have only done for three years but have found very edifying. What significance is found in the Passover and how it relates to Christ and the plan of salvation. We use the book, I Am, by Roy Lessin found on www.Dayspring.com.
I pray we take the time this season, and every season, to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on that cross and how much He gave for us. I am sharing a short message from Charles Spurgeon on Isaiah 53:5, I pray it is an encouragement.
"With his stripes we are healed."
Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of his flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over his poor stricken body.
Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon him without tears, as he stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of his own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which his stripes have wrought in us, does not our heart melt at once with love and grief? If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.
"See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in his lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty's hands,
And spit in their Creator's face.
With thorns his temples gor'd and gash'd
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back's with knotted scourges lash'd.
But sharper scourges tear his heart."