I will never forget the day that I got a call from what I thought would be my daughter Ally on the other end of the phone but was a very distraught stranger. She had looked in the contacts on my daughter's phone and dialled the number that said MOM.
"Your daughter has been in a serious accident. I called the ambulance but we're at the corner of … come quickly."
My husband and I jumped in our vehicle and rushed to the scene of the accident. We arrived as the attendants were loading Ally into the ambulance. I took one look at the wreckage and screamed. I thought for sure she would not survive that crash.
Ally had been making a left-hand turn, when another young girl on her phone blasted through a now red light and broadsided her. Witnesses say the Jeep flew up into the air, did a complete 360, slammed down and miraculously skid between a telephone pole on one side and an electrical box on the other. Had she hit either one, authorities say she would not be here today. Her vehicle came to a stop by hitting a chain-link fence with a huge hedge behind. A much softer impact than what lay beyond.
As she groaned upon the stretcher bloodied and broken, all I could think about was death and what it would feel like to watch my child pass away.
Ally suffered some broken bones, a crushed hip, lacerations and cuts which looked much worse than they turned out to be, and she recovered fully. We are blessed to still have her.
But … somehow each year as good Friday approaches, I recall this incident when I think about what it must have felt like for God to watch His son suffer and die such a horrific death upon that cross. The word sacrifice comes alive, real, poignant.
The Lamb Jesus was slain for our benefit, so all our sins could be forgiven. Now let's not gloss over because we've heard this so many times. Let's stop. Listen. Breathe in the sacrifice.
- Is.57:7 "He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter; And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth."
This prophetic word written by Isaiah around 750 B.C., foretold how Jesus as the Lamb would come, die, and pay the penalty for our sins. He did just that, and willingly remained quiet as they lead Him to His death. But the Lamb did not end as one buried in the grave, he rose in victory. Rev. 5: 11-13 so powerfully depicts where our Lamb is today.
- Rev. 5:11-13 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. To receive power and riches and wisdom. And strength and honour and glory and blessing!" And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
May the blessing of these words pour over you, saturate your soul this coming week as we head toward Palm Sunday. Let's collectively raise these words of praise and join the heavenly hosts giving our victorious Lamb, all the glory and honour He deserves. Let's think about His sacrifice in a new and fresh way.
As you—pray, ponder, praise, I ask you to share in the comments below how you prepare for Easter. Let's encourage each other in faith.
Listen to this amazing song called "Worthy Is the Lamb" by Hillsong Worship.
All Scripture taken from the NKJV
Other Names of God that may encourage can be found on the following dates.
1) Elohim-God - October 1, 2018 2) Abba Father - October 15, 2018 3) El Shaddai - October 22, 2018 4) The Truth - October 28, 2018 5) The Alpha & Omega - Nov. 5, 2018 6) Yahweh-Shalom - Nov. 12, 2018 7) God of All Comfort - Nov. 19,2018 8) The Rock - Nov. 26, 2018 9) Our Maker - Dec. 3, 2018 10) Our Defender - Dec.10, 2018 11) Immanuel - Dec. 17, 2018 12) The Bread of Life - Jan. 7, 2019 13) Yahweh-Nissi - Jan. 14, 2019 14) Yahweh-Rohi - Jan. 21, 2019 15) The Lord - Jan. 28, 2019 16) Deliverer - Feb. 4, 2019 17) Spirit of the Living God - Feb. 11, 2019 18) Yahweh-Rophe Part 1 - Feb. 18, 2019 19) Yahweh-Rophe Part 2 - Feb. 25, 2019 20) King of Kings -Mar. 4, 2019 (21) Adonai - March 11, 2019 (22) I AM WHO I AM - Yahweh, March 18, 2019 (23)The God of Love and Peace-Mar.25, 2019 9 (24) Elohim-a prayer from Daniel 2, April 1, 2019, (25) The Lamb - April 8, 2019