Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Price of Love

As I sit here reading through the scriptures in the 21st century, I can't help but imagine what it must have felt like to live during the time of when Jesus was crucified.

What were the disciples feeling? What was everyone saying the Saturday after Jesus died?

The roman soldiers casted lots over who would take his coat. {Psalm 22:18, Matthew 27:35}

People scattered.

Some people passing by scoffed at him saying "He saved others; yet himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him." Matthew 27:42 

Mary, Mary Magdelene, and other women cried for Jesus afar off.

We read that the only one of Jesus' disciples that was there when He was crucified was John. 

All hope seemed lost. The messiah many had hoped for in Jesus was just brutally hung on a wooden cross, the most shameful death the Romans had as capital punishment.

// But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day these things were done. // Luke 24:21

Is this how the king who comes to save the world end up?

Surely there was a mistake

But with all things, we know God had a promise and grand plan.

God's redemption plan was set in place. And when Jesus breathed His last words, "It is finished." (John 19:30) His work, His plan to save me, you, and every soul that God ever created and would create in existence... was now completed.

Sunday morning came, and just as Jesus had promised... He rose from the dead.

In this He conquered what no man would ever do in any religion.

He defeated death and with that proclaimed that sin no longer would abound to those who would believe with all their hearts that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, the lamb slain for all humanity. 

When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, the stone that was too big for anyone to move... it had been rolled away. Two men in shining garments stood and said,

"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen...// Luke 24:5-6 
Love couldn't be held in that tomb! It burst out and proved that our Lord came to finish the work He said He would. 

God came to us to be with us, not so if we believe in Him our lives would be easier, but so through Him we would overcome anything

That in the end, no matter what sins we have, what we did or do... if we place our faith in Him and repent, we would be with Him forever in eternity.  

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -John 14:6

God placed things so perfectly so that even in history, Jesus was recorded as a man that lived during that time and died on the cross.

But we know that Jesus is not just limited to someone in history books... He lives today!

And He loves you and came and lived and died for you 2,000 years ago. 

I hope you come to know His great love and what He accomplished on the cross for you this Easter.

// For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. // Romans 10: 12-13

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