As I listened to a song during worship last Sunday, I was struck by the intimacy of the words . . . of the act of Jesus going to the cross, and His Father’s plan to save all humans from a fate worse than death.
I was struck anew at the depth of God’s deep love for us. That He crafted a plan at the beginning of human ages to offer an amazing gift to all people throughout time.
When I read words on a page, I’m grateful.
But when I hear the words expressed in song? The depth of God’s selfless act of love strikes me anew, and deep.
When I stop to consider the sin that’s intrinsically a part of me (and all humans), to know how hard it is for God to look upon the devil’s influence on His creation . . .
When I consider the wretch that I am . . .
. . . prideful, selfish, unkind, impatient, angry, unloving . . . to know that Jesus, the perfect Man came to earth . . .
Because of love. God has this crazy love for His creation, these beings He made to fellowship with, to love, to engage with . . .
Once Satan had his way with Adam and Eve, there was only one way for genuine, unfettered fellowship to be renewed—for God’s love to be unabashedly expressed—and that was through death. The death of One sinless.
To know that Jesus came to earth with the intention of dying a violent, horrible death, all for me—for you—leaves me speechless with awe, and shame.
And yet, it’s because Jesus came that God sees me as a pure, blessed child of His. Because of Jesus, God the Father sees each of us through the filter of His Son’s purity. I have a hard time reconciling the passion of Jesus, the agony He suffered, because He loves us. What love is this?
As we walk through Holy Week, may we all consider the gift of Jesus, how His death brought us life, how He loved us in His every action from first breath to last.
What about you? How do you honor Jesus’ sacrifice for you? How do you express your love to Jesus?
***With my guys on Spring Break, I’m going to be in and out, but I will respond to comments and come visiting within the next couple days. 🙂