-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
God sent His Son into the world, not to have fun or to be comfortable, but to suffer and die. His death was not a martyr’s death. His life wasn’t taken from Him—He offered it up freely. He didn’t die for a cause—He died for us. That one truth alone gives each person on earth a reason to get up every morning with a thankful heart.
Think of it, Jesus did more than die for the world…He did more than die for your neighbor…He died for you. He died forsaken, so that you would never need to be alone. He died beaten, so that you could be made whole. He died broken, so that your heart could be mended. His death brought you life, His poverty brought you riches, His judgment brought you mercy, and His pain brought you healing. His humility lifted you up, His obedience made you an heir, and His blood washed you whiter than snow.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV).
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NIV).
Once, before the foundations of the world, Jesus and His Father had a conversation about the great plan of redemption. That conversation included you. Jesus looked down the corridors of time and knew that you would be born. He saw you when He said to His Father, “I will go.” What an incredible journey He made; what an overwhelming expression of love He made; what an awesome purpose He had in mind. You were on His heart. When He left His home in heaven, He saw you. When He became a man on earth, He was seeking you. When He stretched out His hands upon the cross, He was reaching out to you. When He returned to His Father, He was preparing a place for you. You are the sheep He has come to shepherd, to guide, to feed, to protect, to shelter, and to carry. You are the one He calls His own.
“…Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12 NIV).
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