He loved us enough to give His life before we even knew His name. Today we have the opportunity to pass that love on to others so they can know Him too!
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:20 NKJV
As Jesus offered the bread and wine He served Thomas the doubter and Peter the denier. He gave his gift to disciples who slept when he asked them to pray. He gave a hope for a restored relationship with the Father who loved them so much that He was willing to give them His only Son. Even though they all ran away He was lighting the fire with His passion of a hope that has burned for 2000 years. That is the Hope restored for everyone who believes and asks Jesus Christ for that new chance at life that He gave at His Last Supper!
Maybe you never stopped to think that as our world turns our sunset happens at the exact instant a beautiful dawn is breaking somewhere. That is what the apostle Paul is telling his dear friends. While his own life hastened towards a sunset of suffering the dawn of the light of God”s life was beginning in theirs.
God puts that free choice in each of our hands. The tighter we cling to our own life the less chance we will have of setting on fire the torch of faith in others!
So death is at work in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:12 ESV
While waiting at the clinic this week I couldn’t help but hear about how brave many think that Ellen Degeneres is. She may be bold, smart, talented and beautiful (not to mention very rich) but brave? Here are just a few who seem brave to me: please feel free to add someone you feel is truly brave.
The doctors and nurses who risked and in some cases gave their lives during the Ebola crisis in West Africa: Our brave men and women of the armed forces who face dangerous situations daily to protect our nation and innocent people in many places around the world: the firefighters who rush into nursing homes to rescue helpless residents or the police officers getting shot at just answering another call of domestic abuse. Yes these ordinary people are the real heroes and heroines. The bravest person who ever lived did not have a Facebook page a Twitter feed or even many faithful followers. He simply gave His life without fanfare or praise. I am so glad He did!
One of the great questions I have sometimes is not whether God would really forgive me because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. I accept this by faith without fully understanding because the Bible tells me so. What puzzles me more is why an infinitely pure holy and powerful God would care to spend eternity with me. And then I come to this verse and am reminded that while the distance from the North to South poles is fixed (12,430 miles) from East to West there is no measure. That measure”s limit lies beyond the edge of the universe, just like the love and mercy of God!
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
When you feel abandoned remember –
He was abandoned for you so that you would never be alone! The sky’s the limit in His love for you!
Some say He wept because of their unbelief. Some say He wept only because He saw them weeping. Some think the Son of God could have never wept as a human because He knew the beginning from the end. Some simply shrug and say it didn’t matter because in just eight short verses He cried out in a loud voice and called Lazarus out from the grave.
But can anyone really know the depth of the heart of Jesus of Nazareth? Can anyone see the limits of His compassion as He could see the depth of our need? To begin to understand why God’s Son weeps may take a lifetime of heartbreaks to begin to understand. To share in the sorrow of Jesus our Lord is not anything that can be explained or shared in just the sound of those two brief words:
Jesus Wept- The Longest verse in the Bible