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Daily Reading: 6th April 2015

Genesis 22.13-14

[13] Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

[14] So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” (NLT).

11 It was only when Abraham looked up that he saw God’s provision of a ram for the sacrifice.

We have to lift our eyes Heavenward if we are to see the provisions that God makes for us. In particular we have to lift our eyes up to be able to see Jesus.

Earlier in John chapter 12 in verse 32 Jesus said: And if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Myself.

Men and woman can look at the Jesus who walked the earth, but miss seeing Him as the crucified Lamb of God, the One who paid the price of our sin. The problem with only looking laterally is the danger of not seeing Jesus as God’s provision for us to receive salvation through Jesus. There is the real possibility of failing to see that Jesus is the only Way, Truth, and Life.

We are all called to lift our eyes to the cross and see Jesus, God’s sacrificial lamb.

There have been many songs written to express the need for us to lift up our eyes and see Jesus, our sacrificial lamb. The following two are a small sample.

The words of the old hymn, capture this:

Upon the cross of Jesus,

My eyes at times can see,

The very dying form of One,

who suffered there for me.

And from my smitten heart with tears,

two wonders I confess:

The wonder of redeeming love,

And my unworthiness.

Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830-1869 

In 1875 Philip Bliss wrote these words:

Guilty, helpless, lost were we; blameless Lamb of God was He, sacrificed to set us free: Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

It is also as we lift up our eyes Heavenward that we see that Jesus is now exalted to the highest place. Good Friday is followed by Easter Day, Resurrection Sunday.

Christ Jesus is no longer on the cross, neither is He lifeless in the tomb. God did not abandon Him to the grave. Instead, God raised Him from the dead, and the power of His resurrection lives in all who have received Him as Lord and Saviour.

Hallelujah.

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