“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
Jesus was born to give us life. Jesus died so we may live.
Now He is risen. Amazing love!
Jesus gave himself completely to the mission God had ordained for him from the very beginning.
As I reflect on the life of Christ, and his complete submission to the will of his Father to the point of death by crucifixion, I am sometimes ashamed at my weaknesses and fears to this depth of obedience.
Jesus chose 12, one of which betrayed him, and the others ran away in fear, so that at the end when he was beaten, mocked, and crucified Jesus was totally alone. I probably would have fit in well with the disciples at this moment.
The sins, my sins, along with the sins of the world were upon him so that even God could not look at him.
Jesus in all of his suffering did not lose sight of his purpose.
His trust in his Father is immoveable. His eyes are set on the ultimate goal. Now, He is risen!
“Through Christ and in Christ, the riddles of sorrow and death grow meaningful. Apart from his gospel, they overwhelm us. Christ has risen, destroying death by his death. He has lavished life upon us so that as sons and daughters in the Son, we can cry out in spirit: Abba!” (The Church in the Modern World)
Jesus is my Redeemer! He is your Redeemer! The sacrificial lamb one time shed his blood to save us all.
This ultimate act because of love is for me and for you. ‘How then shall we live?’
“Oh love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee
You’re the only love I know
That laid down everything for me…”
(from O Love That Will Not Let Me Go)