Hello dear believers,
Oh, what wonderful love God has for us all! A love so sweet and blessed. A love flowing and freely given. How do we know God really loves us? By beholding the Cross. The Cross is the place where God puts His love on display for all the world to see. What love is this that Jesus Christ would die a painful and humiliating death on the Cross for our sins, that we might be forgiven and freed from sins power and its condemnation, that we might be reconciled to the Father and that we would be raised us up together to enjoy a new, empowered life in Him? Victorious life in the Spirit. Praise be to His holy name forever!
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. NIV
God loves us.
Oh, what a glorious love this is. Love for the world. Love for sinners no matter how depraved. Love for the poor. Love for the sick. Love for the broken. Love for the lost. Love for the saved. Love for all! Love, love, love and more love. A love that we can never lose! A love that conquers all and reigns supreme. Can we ever fully understand or appreciate the depths of this love that is poured out upon us? It’s height, its width, its depth? How can we ever thank Him for His abundant love and the gift of His only begotten Son? How do I love Him, let me count the ways!
God has demonstrated His love for us in sending Jesus.
If you want to know what love is, look to the Cross. Behold the Lamb! Slain from the foundation of the world, Jesus was innocent of any and all accusations leveled against Him. He did no wrong! He was the sinless, spotless Lamb without blemish. No sin was found in Him. None. It was our sin that was laid upon Him and it was our punishment He received in His body. He was bruised for our transgressions, not His own. They mocked Him, beat Him, scourged Him and murdered the King of Heaven through the cruelest means of all: crucifixion.
Jesus came to die for us.
We were unable to save ourselves. We were born into sin and enslaved by it. He came to die, He could have called a myriad of angels to bring Him down from the Cross if He had chosen to, but love held Him there, not the nails in His hands and feet. For the joy that was set before Him. You. Me. Us. Jesus came to purchase our salvation and only He could pay the price. He paid in blood. Sinless blood. He came to earth on a mission, and when Jesus cried out from the Cross “It is finished” it was mission accomplished. Victory was won. Behold, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!
Even when we were yet sinners.
So, here’s the facts: We were unable to save ourselves. We were born into sin and enslaved by it. Sin had us bound and in chains. We may have wanted to do good but had no power to do it. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. Satan had us in his grip and if we had died without Christ, Hell would have been our place of eternal punishment and it would be a punishment we rightly deserved. We would have been hopelessly separated from the life and love of God in Christ. Yes, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. See, Jesus is the Reconciler between man and God. He is the Way, the Truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Him. One Way Jesus, same yesterday, today and forever. Come unto Him and be set free. Free to live. Amen.
Will you receive His love? A love you don’t deserve? This revelation of God’s love requires of you a response. Will you admit you have sinned and need salvation? Can you humble yourself like that? Behold the Cross! What a glorious salvation was purchased for us all through the shed Blood of Christ at Calvary! Open up your heart and receive Christ today and praise His Name forevermore. Amen.