It’s Thursday again, and that means…
I started following this Three Things Thursday idea awhile back, but not consistently. But as I’m trying to set the pace for 2017 in a positive, productive manner, I decided to re-launch this idea.
I first learned about Three Things Thursday from a fellow blogger, who I virtually met in one of our mutual Facebook blogging groups. She has recently focused on other things in her blog, but this blogger still does some great Three Things Thursday blog posts.
Here are the three things I’m thinking about on this Thursday …
1- Sacrifice – What does that word evoke in your mind? The first official definition is synonymous with “slaughtering an animal or a person as a religious offering.” A secondary definition we probably accept more readily is that sacrifice is “an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.”
With that definition, the sacrifices made by our military members and their families come to mind. I also think of the sacrifices we parents make for our families. But when you think about it, in an ironic way, some sacrifices any of us make often do come down to giving up some portion of our lives… if not our actual lives, depending on circumstances (as in life-threatening situations).
2- Salvation – What about this word? In the biblical context, of course, salvation means “deliverance from sin and its consequences,” made possible by accepting the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
Another meaning is salvation refers to the “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.” Sometimes such salvation comes by way of a person, a positive event or circumstance, or some kind of material possession, such as an unexpected monetary award or a generous gift.
3- Songs – Obviously this is an all-inclusive word, applicable to a broad range of musical compositions and genres. I’m one who enjoys having instrumental music playing while I work (such as right now, something called “Acoustic Ocean Radio” on Pandora ). But I will share a specific song later in the post! 😉
This devotional combines the sacrifice and salvation concepts…
“I love You, Father, because You first loved me
and sent Your Son to atone for my sins.
He totally humbled Himself,
submitting to the death of a common criminal,
enduring infinite humiliation and pain.
On the cross, You laid on Him
the compressed weight of all my sin
and guilt and shame,
of all my griefs and sorrows,
and He became sin for me,
dying the death I deserved.
I praise You that it was impossible
for death to hold Him in its power;
You raised Him from the dead to be my Savior,
to make me righteous in Your sight.
You highly exalted Him,
giving Him a position infinitely superior
to any conceivable command, authority,
power, or control,
both natural or supernatural.
‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches and wisdom
and might and honor and glory and blessing.’ ”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
This devotional is appropriate on any day as a reflection, but especially when you’re feeling discouraged or lonely or like nobody cares. It never ceases to amaze me–and humble me–to think about the sacrifice Jesus made for us, for me, personally.
For all His suffering, the horrible death on the cross…yet death and the devil could not keep Jesus from rising again to new life! Father God’s plan was for the death and resurrection of Jesus to pave the way of salvation, for us to have a path back to Him. That’s worthy of the Hallelujah chorus!
Now for the rest of the “Songs” portion of Three Things Thursday! ;- ) This famous Leonard Cohen version is different than the traditional Easter version. It concentrates on the weaknesses we have as humans, but emphasizes how in our weakness, if we turn to God, He makes us strong. Hallelujah = God be praised!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you often think about the personal sacrifice Jesus made for you?
What do you think of this Hallelujah version and this group, the Pentatonix?