Originally posted April 28, 2015
Imagine you are a rich man. You have everything anyone could want. You live in the lap of luxury, the finest meals, palatial home and servants waiting on you hand and foot.
Would you give it up, to become a lowly servant? To get harassed, cursed at, beaten?
Well, that’s just what Jesus did. He gave up heaven and all the incredible beauty that it must hold, to come to a fallen earth and be persecuted and crucified. John 1:1 … In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus was with God and was God from the beginning. Being God, He always knew what the plan for salvation was. 2 Corinthians 5:21 … He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Jesus knew that He would one day take on the sin of the whole world. And with that sin, endure the full wrath of God the Father. But why would anyone do such a thing? John 3:16 … “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. Romans 5:8 … But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
It doesn’t make sense to us for anyone to suffer so much for someone else’s transgressions. But that’s because we don’t have as much love for anyone, that comes anywhere near the love God has for us. Galatians 1:4 … who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
So with this in mind, what do we need to do to pay Jesus back for this unbelievable gift? …………….
There is nothing we can ever do to compensate for Jesus sacrifice, and He doesn’t ask us to try. He asks for us to love Him. To trust Him. To acknowledge we need forgiveness. And that His sacrificial death is the only thing that can wipe away our guilt.
If you have never put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, do it today. Tomorrow may not come, and then it will be too late.
God bless you!