Thank you Lord for loving us! Oh, how He loves us! Oh, how he loves me!
With every drop of His blood, with every pain that shot bolts through His body, He loved us.
Upon that cross, when He took on my specific sins – He saw me, He knew and He loved me. He felt everything I’ve ever felt a million times over.
Oh this sinful world that tries with all it’s might to pull us away from Him.
He saw us – each and every individual one of us on that cross. He turned His face upon us in all our sin. He became our sin and the Father in His Holiness had to look away from Jesus. With the simple act of the Father turning His head and eyes off of Jesus – Jesus knew the greatest despair. For the weight of my sin was upon Him along with the weight of billions of other’s sins – past, present, and future. When the Father could not look upon His precious beloved Son, the despair was great indeed. He still loved.
Even on the cross, Jesus did not sin. He did not utter a cuss word, or become angry. He loved. He loved those who beat him to a bloody mess. He loved that soldier with the whip that had sharp pieces of broken clay attached to the ends. With every stroke that tore His flesh, with every stroke, He loved. He loved those who spat into His face. He loved the Roman soldier who pushed down a crown of thorns upon his head that sent pain surging through His scalp and blood to pour down His face. That anointed head. That Holy head. Jesus loved.
The pain in His body was like a searing hot iron, and He loved and saw me. He saw you. He saw each person from the beginning of time to the end of time. He looked into the depths of souls and saw the hurt, the pain, and the suffering and He loved.
And yet still to come was the cross. Stripped totally naked, He was shamed for our shame. And more pain to endure. More pain to come. His love would drive him on.
Nails pierced His hands. Those hands of healing. He cried out as searing pain bolted through his hands with each pounding of the large metal hammer as it drove the nails through his flesh. And a new surge of blood. Yet He loved.
A nail pierced His feet. The feet of peace. Those feet were slammed one upon the other as the nail bore violently through skin, tendons, and into the wood of the cross. Those precious anointed feet of peace. He Loved, still.
The cross. The wooden beams with flesh nailed to them was now lifted high. It crashed into its upright hole and Jesus felt the weight of his body pull upon the three large nails that bolted him to the cross. More excruciating pain. He still loved.
Even hanging from a cross, Jesus would instruct, making sure his mother was cared for. He didn’t forget his own family in the wake of others needs for the salvation He provided. He Loved.
When Jesus saw his other there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.John 19:26
And then the worst for Jesus, for the Father could not look upon the unholy sins that heaped upon Jesus and for a moment had to look away.
In utter despair, Jesus cried out, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”)
And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lea sabachthani?” (which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”)Mark 15:34
Darkness had covered the land for three hours from noon until three while Jesus hung on the cross. Darkness thought it was triumphing. Devils danced around the cross and heaped sin upon sin of the peoples they held, upon Him. They celebrated their great victory. But they celebrated too soon.
At the moment of Jesus’s death, just when Satan was sure of his great victory over Jesus, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Surely, Satan was panicked and petrified to know the curtain had torn. For now the people could see and have direct access to our Holy Father. The meaning was clear. We would not longer be separated from God. The devils scattered. Satan retreated, he had not won.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split.Matthew 27:51
Jesus took on my condemnation. I stand condemned before a Holy loving Father because of sin. Sin that I was conceived in and sin that I chose. Sin that I could not get rid of on my own.
The inheritance of this world is condemnation and separation from God and death.
I stood condemned. Condemned to be separated from my loving Creator who knew and loved me even before my birth. Separation from the Father meant being with all that is to be separated from Him because of sin. Satan, Hell, and the Lake of Fire are in that place of separation from our Holy loving Lord. But the Father loved me so much that He Himself would provide a way out of my condemnation.
He called upon His most precious Holy Son and asked Him to go in my place. He would take the place of all us. The place sin deserves to be – nailed to a cross and cast away from Holiness and Love. Jesus with the Oneness of the Father and the Holy Spirit also loved us in the Oneness of God.
But the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit had more for me and you. He loves us so endlessly. The Son would complete the work. Three days after his bodily death and burial, He bodily rose from the dead through the power of the Father. He lead the way for any who would believe in Him and accept the gift of salvation from condemnation.
In Jesus resurrection, our hope is made complete. We shall stand before our Holy, Loving God, made Holy by Jesus, with an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. The inheritance of being in the Presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – in the Presence of their Oneness with all the good things He has for us without end.
The inheritance of Jesus is being in God’s Presence forever and Life.
Beloved one, He loves you so much. He endured so much, for Himself and for you (For Himself because he wants to be with you forever). He knows you and sees you. He understands your struggles, your hurt, your pain, your suffering, your shame. Give it all to Him today. The choice is always left up to you. He offers a free gift- that you may not stand in condemnation, but rather in Holiness before Him. He has good things in store for you, even though you may endure trials on this earth, His inheritance that He shares with us far outweighs anything this world has to offer.
Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life today and forever. Pray this prayer:
Jesus, I believe in You. I believe You are the Son of God who came to save me from my sins, my sins that condemn me. I ask forgiveness of my sins – I ask You to forgive me from choices I have made that have have hurt You and hurt others. I ask forgiveness of harsh words spoken, and actions that have caused myself and others pain. I ask You Lord to take all my sins away. Please come Lord and wash me clean, and live in me that my life will now glorify You. Change my heart Lord. Give me a heart that desires You above all else. Jesus, I ask that you remove the old spirit and give me a new spirit that I may be born again of You. Remove the veil from my eyes and give me understanding and wisdom. By faith, I thank you Jesus that You have given me new life. A new life that I will now live for You.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.Colossians 1:21-23
Dear One, if you have prayed this prayer, know that heaven is rejoicing over you! This is the first step into a new life. Your walk with the Lord begins. You have been born again. Jesus has given you a new spirit. This is only the beginning. Jesus desires a personal relationship with you. Here’s how to develop that relationship:
- Pray/talk to Jesus every opportunity you get. Pray out loud when possible.
- The Bible is our guide. Begin to read as often as you can. I suggest starting with the Book of John in the New Testament. There are many free Bible apps you can download on a smartphone. I like to read the Bible from those apps and from “hard copy” that I can hold in my hands, touch and feel.
- Next, connect with other believers. There is strength added to you and your walk with Jesus with other believers. Seek out a Bible believing church. Be careful though, many churches have parted from the teaching of the Bible.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.Revelation 1:5
You are loved dear one, a New Creation in Christ Jesus!!!