No Greater Love

March 28, 2018

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:1 NIV

 

No greater love – He chose the nails.

There is no joy without sorrow, no pleasure without pain, no love without loss.

There is no resurrection without crucifixion.

Before the cross was draped in purple, it ran red.

Love always requires sacrifice.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16

Before I celebrate life, I must remember death.

The scourging.

The thorns.

The nails.

The blood.

Lamb of God sacrificed for me.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NIV

He knew what was before Him.

He didn’t shy away – even though He was scared to His bones.

He prayed earnestly, sweating drops of blood.

He was betrayed by a friend, lead away to a kangaroo court where He was falsely accused, mocked, beat and condemned to death.

As He was lead away, soldiers spit on Him.

Beat and mocked Him.

Pierced Him with a crown of thorns.

He carried His own cross as far as He could.

Simon of Cyrene carried it the rest of the way.

He was ridiculed and insulted as nails hammered into wrists.

“Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Naked He hung on the cross for all to see.

They gambled to see who received His clothes.

Darkness covered the land.

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”

“My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”

He gave up His spirit.

The earth shook, rocks split, the temple veil tore in two.

Heaven once shut, now open.

God sent His Son into the world not to condemn it but to save it. Click To Tweet

There isn’t enough silver or gold in all the world to pay my ransom – the price of my sin.

For a Holy God, the only payment worthy is the blood of Christ, chosen before the creation of the world.

God sent Himself in the person of Jesus on a rescue mission to redeem His lost children.

The Garden wasn’t failure, it was about free will. It was about love – there is no love without freedom.

Nothing happens outside the sovereignty of God – He knew what we would choose.

Jesus was never plan B.

He sacrificed Himself so we can come home.

Love came down.

It is finished.

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 NIV
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I'm a free spirit. I hate rules and legalism. I love art and nature, music, the beach and dogs. I like to garden, take pictures and read. I tend to speak my mind and have a rip-the-band-aid -off approach to life. (Brace yourself, this might hurt.)

8 Comments
    1. “He sacrificed Himself so we can come home.” Yes. This. Thank you for your beautiful and sobering reminder of the cost of our homecoming, Liz.

      1. Hi Pearl! Thank you for reading and commenting…it means a lot to me. In my neck of the woods, Good Friday is almost like a footnote…I feel like it’s equally (if not more) important as Easter. It was on my heart to remember and write about it. Super excited to share your guest post! Blessings sister ❤️

    1. This is beautiful my friend.I think Good friday is the most important event in history.It leads to forgiveness of our sins and hope of heaven,but also the Holy Spirit to help us live holy and abundant life today.Sweet Blessings my friend.

      1. Hi Sydell! Thank you for kind words – glory to God always. ❤️ I love your comment and your heart for God. You bless me with your friendship and beautiful spirit that lights up the world.

    1. I love the reminder that Jesus sacrificed himself so the we can come home. So personal is His love for us. For me. Give me boldness, Jesus, to share this love of yours with a lost and sinful world so that they might know how much they are loved by You.

      1. Yes! Yes! Yes! I love your prayer – I lift these words up with you. Give me boldness, Jesus to share your love. Love your heart for Him, sister. Thank you for taking the time to comment. ❤️

    1. Beautiful reminder of God’s Grace and Love for us! Thank you ❤️

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