For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. – (John 3:17, NIV)
God sent His Son into the world. He did not send Him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him. – (John 3:17, ERV)
Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction. – (John 3:17, VOICE)
It is hard to believe that it is already Easter week. The winter is long, and days seem to drag on until suddenly spring arrives and it is hard to believe it has already come. Being away from home on Easter week is strange, yet as I continue my usual studies, I am reminded of the significance of this season, and the incredible gift that God gave so that I might have life abundantly. Jesus woke up on Monday knowing what was coming on Friday, and continued to walk the road to which He had been called, teaching, leading and loving those who followed Him. May we each take pause to remember the ultimate gift that we have been given so that we might know God and have eternal life with Him.
Was given for me;
To unbind me from sin,
In Christ I am free.
Free and forgiven,
Through love and new life;
An ending to strife.
My shame and my sin,
Held Him to the cross;
In love, He remained,
The ultimate cost.
May we remember,
What He gave for us;
Our Savior, Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the overwhelming gift of Your Son. Thank You Jesus, that You came, lived, loved, died, and rose again so that we might have life in You. Forgive us for our sin and help us to remember that You paid the ultimate price so that we might live. Show us how to live and love in ways that honor You. Teach us to love those around us as You do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for the ultimate sacrifice You gave for us all, and embrace the grace that You provide through Your overwhelming love. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2b