In the last post, I mentioned that there were two words that came to mind when contemplating the meaning of Easter. The first was ‘redemption’ and the second is one that I’d like to expand on today: ‘love’.
Jesus redeemed us from eternal separation from God so that we could experience the blessings and good plans He has for us not because we earned it. The infamous passage in the Bible does not say that,’Because we tried to be good citizens of the world, that God gave his only begotten Son…’ neither does it say, ‘Because we gave to the needy, didn’t lie this week, gave up our seat for the old lady, that God gave his only begotten Son…’ No.
John 3:16 says, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever so believed in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
He loved and continues to love ALL of humanity and desires them to come into full awareness of their own transgressions/wrongdoings/failed attempts of being righteous or good so they can accept His saving grace and run desperately into His loving arms, ready to embrace us.
We watched a condensed version of the Passion of the Christ this weekend and I was struck once again of the enormous pain and suffering that Jesus undeservingly went through for people who spit on His face, denied and condemned Him. He had no sin but took on the sins of the world so that we could be restored back into a relationship with God, the way it was meant to be from the very beginning. And not only that, but in Him we have victory over all addictions, troubles, challenges and even death itself because He has already overcome it all. When we are connected to Him, we have the power to overcome. Freedom is ours for the taking because of His Great Love. There is nothing to lose except our bondage to old mindsets and old patterns of living.
Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends. – John 15:13