The Love of Christ
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Amazing Love of Christ
What a wonderful sacrifice Christ Jesus made for each and every one of us. The love of Christ should penetrate deep into the hearts of us all. His love was and is so great that mere human words cannot express the wonder of what He has done for us. Are you beginning to grasp in your daily relationship with Christ, just what He did for you? None of us are able to fully grasp the significance of His love for us, but we should at least be thinking about it each day and giving glory and honor to Christ Jesus by the way we live our lives. No one can truly come to the knowledge of what Jesus did for them and not be a changed person, desiring to walk with Him every day.
2 Corinthians 8:9 ...'For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.'
Just take that in for a moment. Christ Jesus, the King and Creator of the Universe gave up His high and lofty position in Heaven, humbled Himself and became as one of us, to save us while we were still in sin. Oh what Love!! And yet look at how we react to others when they sin against us! How can we continue in a life of sin, once we have accepted Christ into our lives and realize the high cost of that sin? It really concerns me that we regard the sacrifice of Jesus so lightly. Shouldn't we pause for a moment or something, every time we think of Jesus, to contemplate that great unconditional love He has for us?
Do you realize that our sin actually separated Christ from His Heavenly Father? ... Isaiah 59:2 ...'But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.' ... Our sins that were laid on the shoulders of Christ caused a separation between Him and His Father in Heaven. But you may think, "well, it was only for three days!" Yes, but this was a relationship that had come from ETERNITY! The Father and the Son had been together for eternity past, so even the slightest moment of separation between the two would have caused indescribable pain.
We can see from the Bible the anguish that Christ was going through in the hours leading up to the cross ... Luke 22:44 ...'And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.' ... Sweating blood is a known condition of when someone is going through extreme stress to a point where the blood vessels rupture and they start sweating blood. Jesus knew that He was going to be separated from His Father in Heaven on the cross, and this must have bore so heavily on His mind that He was in 'great agony'. Jesus even prayed to God asking him to take this burden away from Him if there was any other way. But Christ's love for His people was so great that He said ... Luke 22:42 ...'nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.'
Not only did Christ go through rejection by His people. Not only did He endure beating after beating. Not only did He patiently endure the farce of the trials before the councils. Not only did He endure being nailed to that cross. He ALSO endured separation from His Father in Heaven ... Matthew 27:46 ...'And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' ... At that moment, Jesus realized that God had left Him to die. The separation had taken place, and even though Christ had endured much physical and mental torture, this moment of separation pierced His heart like nothing else could, and shortly after He died.
Thankfully for us all, it did not end there, and Christ rose again to life and ascended up to Heaven to be at the right hand of His Father ... Mark 16:19 ...'So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.' ... And it is through a life lived for Christ that we can look forward to that glorious resurrection day, when Jesus returns at the second coming and calls His people to be with Him for eternity! Praise His glorious name!!
Are you starting to grasp the love of Christ and what He went through for you? I hope so. I pray that you will continue to learn of the amazing love that Christ has for you, and through it you will live life in the Spirit and walk with your Lord, Saviour and King every day!