God So Loved
““God so loved”, what wondrous measure. Loved and gave the best of heaven. Bought us with that matchless treasure. Yea, for us His life was given.” (The Lord’s Supper, Sacred Selections 287) We gather each week and partake in communion as we are given example (Acts 20:7) and remember the sacrifice made for us. What about God? God gave up a son- and not just “a” son- His only son. He allowed, sent, approved of, and even took pleasure in the torture and murder of His only Son (Isaiah 53:10). Why? Because you (and I) needed Him to. You needed a savior to spill His “precious blood for you and me.” And we thank Him and worship Him for that sacrifice. But, do not forget- It was a sacrifice. God laid on Him the sins of us. God sent and provided for us from Himself. And our God died for us. What other god does that? What other deity worshipped has submitted themselves to destruction for its followers? Include every idol and consider this deeply. Because nothing has ever been destroyed and spontaneously undestroyed. Nothing has ever died and then resurrected. Nothing -except Jesus, the Christ. Colossians 1:18 calls Him, “The beginning, the firstborn from the dead”. He died voluntarily. In John 10:18 He explains, “No one takes it (His life) from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” Who can do that? Who can choose to un-die? Well, you can. Because Jesus did this for us we can un-die to live with Him forever. We will die. It is appointed for all men to die once, and after that, the judgement. But, in that judgement we can answer that we are clean, pure, whole- justified. Justified by His death. How? Baptism. “We were buried…with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:4-5) God so loved that He gave His Son, so we can live forever.