For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Can you even imagine the love Jesus has for us?
Love so deep He gave us all of Himself.
He willingly came to earth, subjecting Himself to human life where hunger, thirst, and pain dwell.
He walked everywhere, dealt with constant questions, and ungrateful recipients.
His disciples seemed annoying at times and the Pharisees were downright rude.
Jesus didn’t need to put up with any of this. None.
Yet He did, because of you and me.
For our eternal home dwelling by His side.
Upon entering Jerusalem days before He would die, He wept for His city. For His people who could not see the Truth.
Can you imagine how frustrating that would have been for the One who created them?
How hard is it for you when your loved one either cannot see God or refuses?
That’s a tiny fraction of how Jesus felt while weeping for His people.
Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, His body was in agony.
Luke 22 records drops of sweat as blood, which can happen when a body is under severe stress.
Yet Jesus still stayed, anticipating what was to come, knowing His Father would be with Him.
During His flogging, crown of thorns, and other punishment, He stayed.
Through the torture, which could have killed Him as well, He endured for the purpose of our salvation.
Obedience to His Father’s will came from His love for us.
Love which surpassed His humiliating death.
Hanging on the cross, God turned away as Jesus bore the sin of the world.
Because God is holy, He could not look at the sin dying on the cross.
And Jesus felt alone.
Crying out to God, asking why He had forsaken Him, Jesus was alone.
He became the sacrifice for the sin of the world.
At the moment of crushing pain, Jesus was alone.
But He stayed for you and for me, giving up His last breath.
Upon His resurrection, Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave forever and ever.
Absolutely incredible. Literally.
I think we have no true reality of what Jesus has really given us.
We can never repay our Savior, but we can share His love, forgiveness, and freedom to our lonely world around us.
Will you do that for Him?
Remember His sacrifice for you and live like it matters. Because it does. For everyone.
Photos by Thanti Riess, Rod Long, Haley Owens, Jon Tyson, & Samuel McGarrigle on Unsplash
Wonderful – again, one of your best.
Love, Auntie Ruth
Thanks auntie! Happy Easter!!!