The act of sacrificial love Jesus demonstrated on that cross thousands of years ago is the same act of love He offers for you and for me every single day, over and over again, every moment, every hour, every second, every millisecond…
An act of salvation.
He is offering to us deliverance where deliverance might not even seem possible.
We live in a broken world, but He came to save us from the world.
Lately this has been the whisper of God over my life…
“I chose you out of the world…”
I am quick to forget, but the Lord graciously has been reminding me that I am not a victim. In fact, I’ve been set apart, called higher… chosen!
Just as God’s Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ was…
On that cross, as we watch our suffering Savior face the most excruciating pain, experience total separation from the Father, and die the most humiliating death on our behalf, we may look at Jesus and see a victim.
The opposite is true.
He had complete favor with God… Even as He hung on that cross. Even in the moment when He cried out,
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?”
Jesus was chosen by God to come into the world, yet live a life separate from the way of the world, so He could in fact be the Savior of the world.
He was set apart for the greatest, most significant, most kingdom building, God glorifying, earth shaking tasks a man could ever be given.
Through the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, we have been granted the privilege of new life, a new calling. We have been chosen… out of this world. Called to be set apart.
For those in Christ: ponder this… when you look at your life, does it reflect the broken, hurting world in which you live in or does it reflect the life of Christ?
To be honest, sometimes when I look at my life, I’m quick to think the heartbreaking thought, “I don’t look much different from the world.”
Jesus death and resurrection isn’t just a one time salvation. Yes, through receiving Him we can be certain we have been saved. Instantly we enter into eternal life with Christ Jesus our Lord. But I’m talking about sanctification: the process in which He chips at the ugly and makes something beautiful— A life that once again reflects Jesus Christ.
We need this kind of saving daily!
Everyday, our greatest need: deliverance from the broken, shattered, scarred world in which we live.
This is what the act of love Jesus demonstrated to us on the cross offers us!
Because we could not pay the debt. We could not bring ourself the deliverance we so desperately need. Our exalted Savior Jesus Christ brought it for us— once and for all!
He is risen. Hallelujah! Indeed, our Messiah is alive!
Consider Jesus… Let His saving grace, His transformative love, His redemptive power, and His set apart life be your meditation today!
God bless you all!
Remember… You have been chosen… out of the world. By His grace you have the ability to live faithfully to the call.
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”
John 17:6-15, 17-19 NKJV