No greater love…
Comes with purpose…
Purpose in each and every little detail…
A perfect plan.
Comes with healing…
Healing that can only come from God.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
No greater love…
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Can you imagine giving your life for the sake of another? How great is that love?
“The soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull. There they crucified him.” John 19:17
He gave His life for me…and you.
He walked that road an innocent man, a saint, a healer, a comforter, a friend. He hung on that cross a mighty warrior, knowing what was to come. A moment of suffering was nothing compared to what He knew was coming.
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
On that day, a man laid down His life for ours.
His body was laid inside a tomb.
And days later, the stone was rolled away.
God’s not dead! (Shameless plug…God’s Not Dead 2 comes out in theaters soon!)
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:7
Just as God had planned, he would send a savior into the world, a final sacrifice, the ultimate love. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die there on that cross atop Calvary, for us.
What a beautiful love!
Our Creator God came in the flesh to bear the wounds we deserved so we wouldn’t have to.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Mercy and grace at its fullest.
“Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33
We have a purpose. God has a plan. His plan is a perfect place for us…those who love Him.
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
We live in a broken world, but in a life of momentary affliction because He says, these troubles are temporary but the beauty that is to come is eternal. Friend, I can only imagine that these trials we face in this brief life on earth is nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to the majesty that will one day be revealed.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3
We have healing. In all our struggles, all our pain, all our suffering, we have help. We have hope.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
Friends, know this…
He wins. God wins.
Darkness cannot overcome light. Evil cannot overcome a good God…and He is good. We may not always understand. We may never understand.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
But He knows. He knows what’s behind us and what’s to come. He knows our hopes and our heartaches.
He loves you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
He loves you. There is no greater love.
Happy Easter…He lives!