Amazing Love

April 4th, 2010

Today is Easter Sunday. Most of our kids, if we have them, are finding candy and toys from the Easter Bunny, and we are preparing Easter dinners and finishing up last minute cleaning before family members begin to arrive.

It is a great day. Families gathering, children giggling, Easter egg hunts, afternoon naps, games and joy.

But wait. WHY?

Most people are so busy going through the day and what needs to be done, getting things ready and visiting, they forget to remember why we gather on this day. I am not trying to make you feel guilty. Not at all. But today, as you are going about your tasks and having a great time visiting, take a moment to yourself and thank God for this day.

Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. A lot of my readers have grown up in Christian homes, and are thinking,  “yeah, yeah yeah, we know the story, we have heard about it all, we know this is supposed to be a day of thanks.”

But really. STOP, and think about the reality of what happened some 2,000 years ago. The actual events.

I have to admit, it is a bit disappointing to me, how many people overlook all of this, or take it lightly. Have you ever considered the temptation and torture Jesus went through? If you have seen Mel Gibson’s movie, you may have. But it’s not something most think about this weekend every year.

Have you ever thought about what it would feel like to have nails driven through your hands? Having thorns not just placed, but pushed into your scalp…your body bleeding from being beaten? And all of this done by those you are dying to save. If you were in His place, dying, for billions of people —the ones killing you— would you not be tempted, having the full ability, to take yourself off the cross, and say enough is enough, these people do not deserve to live? If you say no, you are lying.

What gets me is the innocence of this man. The only sinless man to ever walk the earth…dying in such an awful, torturous way….and why? To save us, from ourselves. As He was hanging there, with the pain of all the wounds, given to Him by the ones He was dying for, He did not say, “How could you sinners do this to Me?” … Instead He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34 – Wow.

But this day should not be the only day you should be thankful for this. If Jesus had not gone through all that He did, we would be without the grace of God.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;” – Jeremiah 1:5

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

In these verses, God tells us that He knew and loved us before we even stepped foot on this earth. He knew we would be sinful creatures, yet He loved us. What an amazing, unconditional love. He went even further, to send His only, innocent Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us, even as we continued to be unworthy, sinful creatures, to save us from eternal damnation, and live with Him forever.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 –  I know, some of you are saying, “C’mon, we all know that verse.” And as well known and simple as it is to most of us, consider every word of it. Do we take advantage of those words? Probably. Look at it harder. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. He did not say “I love those who believe.” It says the world. That is, every person. There is not one person He does not love. Yes, even those who curse Him on a daily basis.

Again, what an amazing love. What is love?

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13

Show love to one another, even when someone sins against you. It is impossible to show all of this all of the time, because we are human. But I ask that you consider trying.

Take seriously the sacrifice that was made, out of love for each of you. Be thankful for the resurrection of the only one who was able to save us from eternal separation from God. He is RISEN!

I realize that some of you did not expect to read something like this. But if you know me well at all, I know that it does not surprise you. I hope that someone, even one person, gets something out of this.

Have an amazing Easter! Stay safe, friends.

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4 Responses to “Amazing Love”

  1. Sarah aka Dutchergirl3 on April 4, 2010 9:18 am

    That was beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this! Christ IS Risen!!!

  2. Dan on April 4, 2010 9:45 am

    Excellent! I agree 100% and its great to have a perspective other than the easter bunny and egg hunts. He IS the reason why we celebrate and our thankfulness for His sacrifice should be throughout the year. Praise God!

  3. Ray Miller on April 20, 2011 11:04 am

    Thanks Woman of God for sharing this!!! May God richly bless you & yours in Jesus mighty name!!!

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