GOD’S UNSURPASSING LOVE —- BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED
“But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities… and we are healed by His wounds (Isa: 53:5 HCS).”
Because of His wounds we are forgiven of all our sins. A study of His wounds is very revealing and enlightening. He suffered five types of wounds. We will never understand the suffering He went through when He cried to His Father, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” However, we can take a fresh look at the physical wounds He experienced while He was being mocked, scourged and crucified.
LACERATIONS-He was “scourged” (the tearing of His flesh) Matt. 27:2. PUNCTURE –They placed upon Him a crown of thorns (the piercing of His flesh) Matt. 27:29. CONTUSIONS –They took a reed and “kept hitting Him on the head” (bruising His flesh) Matt. 26:27; 27:30. PERFORATION –He was nailed to the cross ( piercing His flesh, all the way through) John 20:25. INCISION-(A clean and open wound)- “the soldiers pierced His side with a spear” John 19:34.
W speaks of His willingness. He came for the purpose of dying for our sins on the cross. Phil. 2:6-8
Ospeaks of omnipotence. He had power to lay down His life and to take it again. John I0:17-18
U speaks of understanding. He completely understood why He was going to the cross. John 12-24-33
N speaks of necessity. He had to drink “the cup” of suffering – no other way. Heb. 9:22
D speaks of deliverance. His death accomplished our great deliverance. Gal. 1:4; 6:14
S speaks of satisfaction. God the Father was completely satisfied. Isa. 53: 10-11
When Christ finished His work on earth and on the cross, He cried, “It is finished.” Redemption had been paid for. We praise the Lord for His complete provision, and invite everyone to be completely satisfied as well.
God’s love was so great that He wanted to give His Son on Calvary to pay for the sins of mankind. Yes, His love is unsurpassed. We don’t deserve anything, but He gave us His choicest love gift – His Son dying in our place. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Activities and Family Update:
Our granddaughter, Kara, was married to a fine Christian man in Louisville, Kentucky.
Another granddaughter, Heidi, spent eight weeks in Austria in Biblical study at Torch Bearers Evangelistic Organization, which was founded by W. Ian Thomas.
We believe more and more of the importance of prayer, so we are involved in the Freedom in Christ SE prayer conference calls.
Two trips to Hickory NC was providing training and resources to a lady who has been helping many hurting people (pictured with Joyce below in the PDF copy).
Seven Steps to Freedom is an intensive process done individually, and takes 3-5 hours each. A father and son were taken separately through the Steps to Freedom as well as a wife on a Saturday and husband on Sunday afternoon. Several individuals have driven for distances to come and experience freedom, including a pastor and several Christian leaders.
Two couples have come on Saturday mornings for discipleship training. Each of them are presently teaching Bible classes. The two men pictured were trained at the four-day Practicum in Knoxville TN,
We spent time in one church teaching on Discipleship and filled a pulpit in another church on Sunday morning. We have had the privilege of spending time with Christian leaders around food and mentoring.
While we praise the Lord for what He has done, we are also very thankful for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. We will never cease marveling at your faithfulness and how the Lord is changing lives. Thank you so much, and may the Lord really bless your ministry and activity for His glory.
Blessings and love,
Paul and Joyce
See this letter with photos in PDF here: Paul Travis_7 2017.