Jesus Christ, God the Son, came to earth, took on human flesh, suffered as we suffer, and was tempted as we are tempted, yet without sin. He was despised, rejected, persecuted, abandoned, denied, betrayed, beaten, mocked and killed, although he had done no wrong. God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us so that we might be saved from sin and have eternal life with Him in glory. Jesus crucified and buried our sin with him, and then he rose from the dead in victory over Satan, death, hell and sin. He did this so that you and I might be free from sin, spiritually healed, freed to walk in his holiness and righteousness, and freed from eternal punishment in hell. We can do nothing to earn or to deserve such a great salvation. It is a free gift to us by God’s grace through our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. Yet, he did this so that we might die to our sin and live for his righteousness. The grace of God teaches us to say “No to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age (Titus 2:12). Jesus Christ, by His Spirit within us, will counsel, direct, guide and instruct us in the way of Christ’s righteousness, as well as he will empower and equip us, and he will give us all we need to live upright and godly lives. As well, because he loves us, he regularly disciplines us for our good, to mature us in our walks of faith, to teach us perseverance, and to draw us close to him, yet he will also heal. Amen! Praise Be Told! / An Original Work / December 28, 2013 Based off Various Scriptures He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for all our sin. Our chastisement was upon Him. By His stripes, we now are healed. He has witnessed all our trials, And the sins we choose to wear. Yet, while we were dead in our sin, Jesus died, our sins to bear. He himself bore all of our sins In His body on a cross, So that we might die to our sin, And live for His righteousness. By faith in the pow’r of Jesus And His blood shed for our sins, We can be forgiven our sin, And have life with God in heav’n. He will lead us and He’ll guide us In the way that we should go. He will comfort and protect us, Because Jesus, we do know. Though He disciplines for our good, He will heal us – Praise be told! Do not fear, your Lord is with you. Just have faith in Christ your Lord.