Isaiah 53:5-6: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

It’s a difficult pill to swallow that an innocent man got brutally murdered to make things right for everybody. Things have gone wrong the more we got disconnected from our Creator. Our selfish tendencies and increasing self-absorption have been one of the major reasons why we’ve become strangers to Heaven.

The concept of putting ourselves first has thrown the world under the bus. An ongoing string of disagreements and wars is the result. Jesus came with a refreshingly different approach saying: “Love your neighbor as yourself!” He actually lived these words. Jesus loved everybody just as He loved Himself. In Jesus’s eyes, we are family. In His mind, He is our big brother who bails us out. He willingly laid down His life for us.

Whether or not we accept His gift is completely up to us. God’s generous love includes people who don’t accept His gift.

I have opened God’s incredible gift and have accepted what Jesus did for me. Right now I cannot imagine living life without being connected to God. I know that I would feel utterly alone, restless and empty. Being disconnected from the Godhead is both the most horrifying and unnatural thing there is. To be reconnected to the source of all being, however, is the most striking experience there is. A beautiful mystery is being revealed when we become aware of God’s love.

Jesus’s healing of the broken relationship between us and our Creator will always be remembered. Jesus’s death and resurrection revolutionized the fabrics of all creation. In the new world to come, even animals will stop killing each other. The lion won’t have lamb for dinner. The lion will hunker down with the lamb and will no longer look through predator eyes. That is a safe world for our children and children’s children. The kingdom of God is the kind of place everybody wants to live in. It’s a wonderful world.

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