In 2 Samuel 24 King David is instructed to build an altar at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. In obedience, David goes to Araunah and explains what he has come to do. Very generously Araunah offers the space and all of the supplies to David for free. David insists on compensating Araunah because he says, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” Here we see that the idea of sacrifice means it involves a sacrifice; it comes at a cost. Sometimes I find myself approaching Easter thinking that Jesus’ arrest, trial, humiliation, suffering and ultimate death didn’t daunt Him. Somehow the events of Easter were just another part of the plan and Jesus took it all in stride. Our passage today shows us that Jesus was aware of the horrors that awaited Him, and He counted the cost as He submitted to the will of the Father, sacrificing His life for ours.
As we approach Easter, I pray we would comprehend how we are the recipients of a sacrifice that cost everything. Jesus endured the betrayal, mockery, pain, the abandonment, and willingly surrendered His life for us.
- Pray for Pastor Lyle, his family and ministry.
- Pray for Eric Peters, Facility Manager; Custodians, Adit Gamble, Stan Goodnough and Anne King; Maintenance, Joe Richards.
- Pray for our Church Board members: Barbara Whidden, Bee Stiansen, Cam Klapstein, Darryl Sparling, Gerhard Hiob, Julie Leverette, Marvin Schneider, Matt Barker, Matt Chute, Mike Pedde, and Nick Mitchell.
- Pray for our office staff: Robin Radke and Naomi Voss; Bookkeeper Lynette Carlson.