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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

He Suffered for Our Sake

At first read, it is easy to feel angered at the chief priests and teachers of the law who mocked Jesus and sentenced Him to death. However, when one stops to reflect for a moment, there is a realization that all of us are equally responsible for His suffering on the cross. It was for all of our sins that He willingly chose to die, so that we would have a way to live.

“Jesus could have saved Himself, but He endured the suffering because of His love for us. He could have chosen not to take the pain and humiliation; He could have killed those who mocked him – but He suffered through it all because He loved even His enemies. We had a significant part in the drama that afternoon because our sins were on the cross too. Jesus died on that cross for us, and the penalty for our sins was paid by His death. The only adequate response we can make is to confess our sin and freely accept the fact that Jesus paid for it so we wouldn’t have to. Don’t insult God with indifference toward the greatest act of genuine love in history.” – (NIV footnotes for Mark 15:31)

In light of His great love for us, may we respond passionately to the plans and purposes He has prepared for each of our lives. Our greatest expression of gratitude is a life that is lived well, loving God and loving people. As we seek to love as we are loved, we are honoring Him, and demonstrating our appreciation for all that He has done for us. The more I know Him, the more I long to know. When I love, I feel His love poured out upon me. It is amazing how He works, as He blesses each heart with His presence and His peace, as He is earnestly sought.

How great is the grace,He Suffered for Our Sake

that forgives our sin?

How great is the love,

grants new life again?

To choose to endure,

He suffered for me;

the weight of my sin,

He bore on that tree.

Done not just for friends,

but also for foe;

such great love for all,

that daily, He shows.

The sun keeps rising,

the stars shine at night;

beauty surrounds us,

our Father’s delight.

May we give Him thanks,

by choosing love well;

show others His grace,

so they too may tell.

Dear Jesus, thank You for willing enduring such horrendous suffering on the cross, so that we could come to know You. Thank You that though You could have claimed Your position and authority in that very moment, You chose to suffer for our sake instead. Thank You does not even begin to scratch the surface for the gratitude our hearts should hold. Forgive us for forgetting just how significant Your sacrifice was for us, and help us to live accordingly. May our life be lived in love as an ongoing offering of thanks and praise. Though we cannot earn nor repay even a fraction of what You have done, we can respond in gratitude everyday by loving You and loving those around us, just as You love us. Be glorified, O God, in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8

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One response

  1. So beautiful and very true. Thank you Jesus!

    March 10, 2014 at 11:27 am