Newbury clock tower

Newbury clock tower
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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Agony & Ecstasy (part 4)

The agony Jesus Christ suffered through was unbelievable. Excruciating even - that is where we get the word from - excruciating - the torture of the cross.
He was tortured and crucified. A terrible death. Agony. Slow, deliberate, agony. Why was He killed? For upsetting the Pharisees? For claiming to be God? For being in the wrong place at the wrong time or for being in the right place at the right time? All of those reasons, but mostly He died for our sin. Deliberately.
Jesus Christ died in agony that you and I may know ecstasy. The Agony and the Ecstasy - the ecstasy of sin forgiven, dealt with. The wrath of God avoided. Hell escaped. Heaven open.
The ecstasy of knowing and experiencing the grace of God daily. His love, His forgiveness, His peace, His joy, His assurance. The agony and the ecstasy.
Life takes on a different perspective.

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