Nearly one full week of this glorious Lenten season has passed and many feel the pangs from the sacrifice of chocolate or television but what of those who have sacrificed their life, the control of their soul given fully to the King of Kings. Isaiah speaks of the sacrifice of Christ, the King James version best translating the Hebrew word for soul where the NIV and others insert life:
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (Isa 53:10)
The sacrifice of the soul was damnation and yet He gave of it joyfully, trusting fully in the Father’s divine plan. Brothers and sisters, we too must give of ourselves all the way down to our soul. We often give of our time, our treasure, our bodies even but we protect our soul, preferring to keep it under our own control. Release it! Trust in the Father and the sacrifice of the Lord. We have nothing to lose and the Kingdom to give. As we move towards the Cross and the Resurrection, give up not your feasting but the control of your soul to the Father. He will raise us all up in the end.