For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16, NLT
God loves us all so much. He loves us, specifically. He loves you, specifically. If you are having any doubt of His love, ask Him to reveal that to you in a very real way. He will do this for you.
There are times that, even as worship leaders and Christians, we get lost in the shuffle and need to feel the real love of God. This is what we love so much about Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday. We have the opportunity to focus on this amazing love story. We make it very personal. We think about the fact that Jesus would have gone to the cross just for us. He would have done it just for you. And He would do it again.
This week we came across this bit of revelation that took this all to a new level for us. All the stories in the Bible center around one pivotal event–the Cross. The story of how Jacob worked for Rachel was a foretelling of how Christ would labor and sacrifice for us. Check this out:
Throughout the Bible we see that a bride must be purchased with a dowry. Jacob served fourteen years for Rachel. What would drive a man to serve for fourteen years in order to gain a woman’s hand in marriage? One thing: LOVE! Fourteen years of hard work “seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her” (Gen. 29:20).
As the bride of Christ, each of us must realize that Jesus paid the bride price for all He has redeemed (1 Cor. 6:20). It was a price that in the natural was so great that as He prayed in the garden, He desired to relent. But He did not. He knew that the bride price had to be met, and only He could meet it. Many think He hung on the cross–marred, mangled, and mutilated–the nails held Him in place. But what held him there was one thing, love.
Jesus paid the bride price for you because He loved you. He believed you were worth it. There’s not a love song or love story that has ever been written that even comes close to that. The romance of redemption is the greatest romance of all. –Taken from Jim Raley, Hell’s Spells
“When I look at the cross, all I see is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE–LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!”
Have a blessed and holy Resurrection Sunday!
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