JESUS FOR ONE AND FOR ALL
It is Easter season and once again Christians all over the world will be celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Leading up to the Easter weekend is the Passion Week. The word Passion comes from the Latin “passio” which originally means to endure suffering. And what suffering our Lord Jesus endured; for us all! “He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.” Isaiah 53:4-5 Contemporary English Version
After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, a lot of Jews believed Him to be the Son of God but some went to the Jewish leaders and priests with the report of the great works Jesus was doing. Most of them were not happy about the impact for good that Jesus had on the people believing that this might encourage the people to break away from constituted Jewish authority. Besides they were more concerned about the politics of the day involving the Romans and their own selfish reasons. The Romans pretty much appointed the Jewish leaders. They feared that if the Romans got wind of what was going on, not only would they see Jesus as a threat to their sovereignty in Jerusalem the Romans would most probably “take over their Jewish nation and their synagogue” and for this reason they decided to give Jesus up.
The Jewish leaders then convened a meeting where it was decided that they could no longer allow Jesus fame to grow. Now, it was the case that a certain Caiphas who was chief priest then, made a prophecy about the death of Jesus even though he did not know it at the time. This is what happened. “If we let Him go on like this, all the people will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take over both our place and our nation.” “But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “ You know nothing at all, nor are you taking into account that it is in your best interest that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish instead.” Now he did not say this on his own, but as he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation; and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.” John 11:48-53 NIV
Back the day when Moses was the leader of the Israelite nation, the law said this “Anyone who cannot afford a lamb is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the LORD as a penalty for their sin—one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.” Leviticus 5:7 NIV But in contrast when Jesus was sacrificed as the Lamb of the world, it was not about race, colour or creed neither did our pedigree or networth matter to Him. The same blood of Jesus was shed once and for all for every single one of us. And this is why it is written thus: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 12-13 NIV
As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, let us remember that He died for us all. All we need to do is acknowledge Him as the only Son of God and accept Him as our Lord ad personal Saviour. Remember this also “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.” Acts 10:34-35 NLT
JESUS IS FOR US ALL!! ACKNOWLEDGE HIM TODAY.