6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I think every parent can relate to this when your kids ask you how much you love them as you say, “I love you this much” with arms stretched wide open. Perhaps, this is the cutest act of love ever displayed between a parent and child.
However, as cute as parent/kiddo declarations of love are, it pales in comparison to the love Jesus showed by dying on the cross. The journey to the cross was very brutal and nothing like what Hollywood has portrayed.
The book of Isaiah 52:14 said, “Just as there were many who were appalled at him — his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness.”
I would say the closest Hollywood depiction of Jesus’ suffering was Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ.” As brutal as is was, the reality of Christ’s suffering and unconditional love was lacking. There is and never will be a greater love than the love of the Father giving up His only son as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.
Please be encouraged today as you reflect on all the ways the Father says how much He loves you throughout the day. The father says He loves you with such beautiful scriptures like:
- Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
- Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You matter to Jesus and the world around you. If this were not so, than Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” would be meaningless.
Therefore, receive His unfailing love with full confidence that you are His and He is yours for now and forevermore, amen!
To God be the glory, amen!