“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – John 3:16
LIGHT FOR NOW: To understand the depth of God’s love, look at what happened to Jesus on the cross.
It is important to state first that the death Jesus died was not His death, but rather our death. That cross He carried was not His cross, but our cross. He became our perfect substitute. In fact, whatever Jesus did in His sacrificial walk was not for his benefit; He died for us so that we can have eternal life in Him; He wasn’t the one looking for eternal life because He Himself is the life. We were the ones in need of eternal life because we were spiritually dead. He was not looking for salvation; He Himself is the saviour and outside Him, there can be no salvation, hence He did not die to save Himself but to save man. So what He did on the cross was not for Himself but for us. He died defenceless in that He was forsaken or abandoned by His father as echoed in Mark 15:34 which reads, “And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice saying Eloi Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He was made sin for us on the cross as echoed in 2 Corinthians 5:21 which reads “For God hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. He became a curse for us or an accursed thing as echoed in Galatians 3:13 which reads “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree”. So, because of all these that happened to Him on the cross, He became defenceless (being abandoned by the Father and out of fellowship) and thus died the death of a criminal being that He became man’s substitute.
So, Jesus’ death was not martyrdom; it was the death of a sinner, a criminal. Now, observe the cry of Jesus in Mark 15:34 “And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice saying Eloi Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The words of Jesus in this text was a fulfillment of a messianic prophecy. It was prophecied by David in Psalm 22: 1 which reads “my God my God why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring”? So David here spoke in prophetic utterance about Jesus. He spoke with the cross in view where Jesus became our perfect substitute. Upon the cross of Jesus, He fulfilled this prophecy and thus bringing clarity to the fact that what David spoke of in Psalm 22:21 was about Jesus; a messianic prophecy. The state at which Jesus died on the cross lets us know how much, how deep, how wide, how great and how marvelous God’s love is for man. That One who was not a sinner or One who knew no sin was made sin; or One who was never out of fellowship was now out of fellowship in order for man who was out of fellowship to be brought into fellowship with God upon His resurrection. His love is too much!!
INSTRUCTION: know that God can never stop loving you.
PRAYER: Lord, I am grateful for your love for I am eternally united with you because of it and this fact becomes my consciousness, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: When you see Jesus, you see the deepest expression of God’s love.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3