His Cost Our Gain

             When I first got started in the Arabian Horse business, my parents and I attended a special coronation celebration for a beautiful Arabian Stallion. On a Saturday night, in Lincoln, Nebraska we sat in a large indoor arena, excitingly watching this beautiful horse receive the very high honor of “Legion of Merit.”  The lights were turned off and a large spotlight appeared at the entrance gate.  Music was playing and our hearts beat with anticipation.  Then suddenly a beautiful bay stallion with long black flowing mane and tail entered at a gallop.  The spot light followed him as he loped through the arena while the announcer told of all the achievements that this horse had accomplished.

            When the announcer was finished, the horse trainer entered and called the horse to come to him. With lights upon them, a coronation of roses was fastened around his neck and laid across his chest.  With a standing ovation this beautiful Arabian Stallion was led from the arena.

            In contrast was the atonement day of Christ–the day the perfect man received for a coronation a crown of thorns.  He went about accomplishing the complete will of God, healing the sick, feeding the multitudes and raising the dead.  If anyone was worthy of honor it was Him. Yet, He was not greeted with lights and music, but darkness came over the land. (Luke 23:44) He did not receive a coronation of roses, a public announcement of achievements and a standing ovation.  Rather, He was given a crown of thorns and afflictions from men.

The Prophet Isaiah catches the reality of what Jesus was to look like when He would be scourged for our sins, “Just as there were many who were appalled at Him – His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human likeness.” (Isaiah 52:14)

          Make plans to remember the cost paid for our sins and let the Holy Spirit of Christ lead you in a lifestyle that brings honor to God and to the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Respond to Christ appropriately!