By now everyone should have heard how much Jesus loved the world that He sacrificed His life for our sins so that we can be saved from the punishment that sin allows.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
This Scripture speaks about the horrible death that Jesus endured on the cross. He was without sin and therefore not worthy of death. We are sinful creatures by nature and are deserving of death. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
But what Jesus did in dying on the cross was step in and take our place. When the sentence of death was decreed over us, He stepped up and said, “I’ll take his/her place.” “I love him/her, so I’ll die for him/her.”
How often do you find someone willing to take the punishment that another rightfully deserves? But this is exactly what Jesus did for us.
Jesus’ life wasn’t an easy one. It was marred by rejection, abuse, mockery, lies, and innuendos.
The Pharisees and religious leaders were jealous of Him, so they were determined to try and shame Him and scandalize His good name. They constantly followed Him around, harassing Him every chance they got.
The Pharisees accused Jesus of performing miracles under the power of the devil. They brought trumped-up charges of fraud against Him, and accused Him of being a fake.
They denied that He was the Son of God. And when it was all said and done, they declared Him guilty and crucified Him on the cross.
But it’s important to note here a powerful statement Jesus made about His death on the cross. He said, No man takes it (my life) from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.
If Jesus wasn’t willing to die, He wouldn’t have died. He could have called down legions of angels from Heaven to come and rescue Him from the cross. But instead, He hung there, thinking about you and I, and what a privilege it was to be the Father’s sacrificial lamb in order to bring restoration to man.
Something else that’s remarkable about Jesus’ death is that even though He died, HE DIDN’T REMAIN DEAD. He arose from the grave after three days and is now seated at the right-hand of God! His resurrection shows that He DOES still have power over His own life. Even the grave couldn’t subdue this power.
Upon His resurrection, Jesus was seen of many witnesses over the period of 40 days. Many testified to His resurrection from the dead, and that yes, Jesus is in fact the Messiah of whom it was prophesied in the Scriptures would come. He is without a doubt the Saviour of the whole world!
This same Jesus, through belief in Him, offers salvation to you. He’s saved many already from hell’s flames, and would like to save you too.
He’s extending His hand to you…will you receive Him? Will you allow Him into your heart? Will you allow yourself to be born again into His name? He wants to wash you and make you brand new. Will you make Him your Lord and Saviour today?
Jesus is waiting with arms outstretched.
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