By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Today is Good Friday, and it is remembered as the day on which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was brutally, cruelly, and unjustifiably crucified to atone for our sins. Ms. Michelle Tchatat proclaimed on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l the salience and the need for believers perennially to remember the terrifying ordeal Christ went through to save us from the curses of Mosaic law.
Christ died for us, so under normal circumstances, believers should be shielded from diseases, insanity, plagues, pestilence, famine, and torment because of the blood He shed on the cross, with the provision being our trusting and believing in Him as our Savior. Ms. Tchatat read Matt. 27: 27-42 and emphasized painfully the mocking and taunting some of the Roman soldiers and some of the Jews unleashed on our Savior.
“Jesus Christ was mocked because he was king; he was mocked because he came to save us; he was mocked because he gave his life to us. He was not just mocked; they put a crown made of thorns on his head. He traded his glory for thorns so that we would be called children of God. He did it for us to take away our shame and rebuke so that we would be united with God,” stated Ms. Tchatat with impassioned gusto.
She went on, “Christ didn’t deserve it. He said, ‘I have come to give you life in abundance. Are we living in abundance? Are we fulfilling the promise and purpose of God with our lives? Are our lives worth the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Our king came down to be mocked for our sake. When they were mocking him, they thought they were having fun at his expense.”
In fact, little the Roman and the Jewish buffoons mocking him know that their mockery and his death would be our saving grace. His death allowed our sins to be forgiven, and because our sins are forgiven, we receive salvation and because of that we are vindicated. Our vindication comes with peace of mind, leading to access to the Father. Access to the Father is accompanied by Divine Healing and because of that we are sanctified, leading to a clear conscience that comes with eternal glory.
Ms. Tchatat touched on the symbolism of the seven wounds of Jesus Christ in justification of the perfection and completeness of his crucifixion. “To paraphrase pastor, if the devil had known that Jesus’s death would bring salvation to us, he would have stopped him from dying. You need to understand how deep and profound his death is through the seven wounds,” noted Ms. Tchatat.
“The first wound is known as contused wound.” The contused wound is symbolic of the groveling treatment of Christ on the way to Calvary. They hit him on the face with a rod causing a contused wound. “The second is lacerated wound.” The Romans scourged Christ before crucifying him. They whipped him, with each strike of the whip drawing flesh and blood.
“The third is penetrating wound.” The wound caused by the thorns penetrated deeply. How could one man be made to endure such unbearable pain? But, through his wounds, we are healed spiritually, psychologically and physically. The penetrating wound is symbolic of peace. Because of Christ’s penetrating wound, we have peace.
“The fourth is perforating wound.” The nails the Romans used in the crucifixion of Christ pierced his body. Crucifixion was one of the most horrifying and painful deaths one could endure, but Christ took it gracefully and mercifully for our sake. “The fifth is incised wound.” One of the Roman soldiers struck Christ on his left side with his spear, and blood and water came out of that place. The soldier wanted to make sure Christ was dead.
“The sixth is mutilated wound.” This wound is known as such because they savagely plucked out his beard, and blood came out. “The seventh is falling wound.” After he had been contused, lacerated, penetrated, perforated, incised, and mutilated, Jesus Christ could take it no more, so Simon, a Cyrenaic came and helped Jesus with the cross.
Ms. Tchatat then noted that followers of Christ must do so with exceeding joy because “He came so that we will have life in abundance. He came so that we won’t be carrying disease, plague, or pestilence. He came so that we won’t have problems. He carried all our problems so that our lives would be full of abundant joy. He came to rekindle the covenant and the glory. We shall enter the courthouse of God’s reign; we shall enter the courthouse of God’s blessings. We rebuke every sickness because of the blood he shed on Calvary for us,” noted Ms. Tchatat.
She concluded powerfully: “Don’t believe in circumstances of the world. Be calm and be at peace because we know the God in whom we trust. He lay down his life for us to have life. He cried so that we would smile. Don’t let anything take you down. He is the reason for us to enjoy life. His blood was shed for us on this day so that we would live.”
There will be a concert at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. Performing will be the Voices of Cherubim, the Church’s choir. Come and witness their melodious and golden voices as they glorify the Lord with their might and strength. Tomorrow, Minister Louis Pierre Wese will give the early devotional in French on the prayer line from 5 to 6 p.m. Dial 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038 to join in.