He Tasted Death for You and Me

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“…but we do see Jesus—who for a while was a little lower than the angels—crowned now by God with glory and honor because he suffered death for us. Yes, because of God’s great kindness, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world.”

Hebrews 2:9, TLB

Hey girl, hey! Listen, I know this is a heavy hitter, but sometimes this is what we need. Sometimes we need a swift kick to never forget to what extent God loves us.

angels on assignment book cover

I’m currently reading this book, Angels on Assignment by Charles & Frances Hunter, as told by Roland Buck. I have such a weep in my heart. Love is reignited for the Lord, for sure. But, this post isn’t just on that; I want to focus on the fact that our Jesus tasted death for us. This is pivotal in our daily living—including the monotony of being stay-at-home wives and mamas.

Backstory

I’ve been born again for years, and I love the opportunity to read and study the Word of God. Honestly, I don’t always feel like I have time, but I know intentionality will make the difference.

Months ago, my darling husband borrowed this book, Angels on Assignment, from a coworker and kept telling me that I needed to read it. I had every intention of doing so earlier, but I had so much on my plate that, truthfully speaking, I didn’t know how to add one more book. About two months ago, I decided that I’ve had enough of pushing the book to the backburner. The moment I began reading it, I began to see that he brought that book home for me. I understood, too, that although it increases sensitivity to the purpose of angels, its main thing is to exalt Jesus Christ and reaffirm our souls regarding who He, and the rest of the Godhead, is.

Jesus Christ’s Death

Suppose you’re a believer in Jesus Christ. You know what our Savior experienced at the end of His earthly ministry—death on the cross, burial in the tomb, and resurrection. Guess what, y’all? Why is it that for the first time in my life, I made the connection that when the Word says He tasted death (some translations say suffered), it’s referring to the second death? Also, have you ever considered Zechariah 3 is about Jesus?

Check this out. We accept Jesus Christ died a physical death, duh. We also recall He took the keys of death and hell. We even know Jesus has triumphed over the enemy, but do we understand the magnitude of what that means?

Look closely there and see something new. Yes, Jesus died physically, but He took on all the ramifications of spiritual death. He became sin, so filthy, so profane, so much so that His loving Father could not look upon Him. He became blemished, bloodied, marred spiritually for every person who ever has and ever will live. Why?

Because God so loved the world…

Because we are His joy…

Take a moment to read Isaiah 53 and ask Holy Spirit to reveal what He desires for you to receive.

The Daily Word Life

How does this apply to your daily life? I’m so glad you asked!

  • Perspective. I am guilty for occasionally allowing what life feels like to cause me to lose focus. But, had Jesus Christ lost God’s perspective for His purpose, we wouldn’t stand a chance. We only have everlasting life because His sacrifice made it available to us.
    • Prayer nugget: Father God, I choose to keep the proper perspective and thank You in the middle of the monotony. Holy Spirit, help me live out this prayer point. In Jesus’ name, amen.
  • Focus. What I put my attention towards is what I value the most. The same is true for you. Jesus’ focus was to do the will of the Father. What is yours?
    • Prayer nugget: Father God, I desire to be and do Your will. Will Your Holy Spirit lead and guide me into what that looks like practically in my daily life? In Jesus’ name, amen.

This was quite a lengthy read, but I felt it necessary. If we can fully grasp and hold in our minds what Christ endured those blessed three days, surely we can wash dishes, change diapers, run businesses, and serve our hubbies to the glory of God. Without murmuring. Without complaints. With full-on love.

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