Did you know that the Bible says Jesus tasted death for us? We may not think to associate death or fear with the sense of taste but it is a very real idea. While people have always been preoccupied by it and fascinated by it, written about and studied if for centuries, the fact remains that Jesus took death for us as believers.
What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because He suffered death for us, He is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14,15 New Living
It was for our sake, He calls us children, that God allowed Him to become flesh and die to save us, He was the only one who could have done it and He died for all who would believe and sadly many do not. Many never will. I know He saved me from it in 2012. And while He has mercy and takes some home to heaven, we do have His authority to speak life and hold fast to His promises, there will many believers alive and remaining in faith when He returns. He told people in Matthew 6:19, that some of them would not taste death until they saw Him come into His kingdom referring to the crucifixion and resurrection, it is the same now as we look for His return.
I realize this many not appear to be a Thanksgiving theme, but for those who are facing it and to have Him intervene, it is great cause for thanks, as I write ahead, it is only November 1st, I am witness to another miracle. A woman had been told that her baby had no heartbeat. She had prepared herself for the surgery she needed to remove her unborn child from the womb, she said it was all quiet and solemn, they had already accepted the fact the baby was gone. Looking again at the monitor, the nurse cancelled the surgery, the baby’s heart was beating. The child was truly safe in His hands, and there is no better place to be.
While He can the sting out of it, comfort the mourners and destroy the profound grief, He died to destroy the works of the devil and that is cause for thanksgiving. In a season of family and joy, thankfulness and togetherness, let’s not overlook the one who tasted death for us. Let’s never forget that He is Lord and deserves to be praised and thanked all year and as He blesses out tables and hearts this season, let’s be gracious enough to realize that we need give any other offering, except to live life as He would have us to, it gratitude and with a grateful heart. For He tasted what many of us will not.
And if we would only begin to fully walk in that love, as He has blessed us, love that we cannot fathom, we will see more of the miraculous day by day, if we could only touch the hem of His garment, imagine if you will, a complete embrace. He is merciful and overly merciful and generous, we must never take His sacrifice lightly and Thanksgiving is good time to reflect on our lives and make changes, because, sin still has consequences and leads to death, if we ignore such a great salvation as believers, we can crucify Him afresh, and some will taste death for that reason, we want to believe and remain in love. And if you don’t know Jesus as Lord, read the Book of John, it is full of His love.
If words can be bitter or sweet, how about the sacrifice He made the sweetest of all taking the bitter and terrible taste for us, and we can have life abundantly and give thanks because He tasted death, the terrible taste.
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