“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)
What would you do for love?
Mama and I sat shoulder touching shoulder on uncomfortable plastic chairs awaiting her diagnosis. Her longtime doctor wept as she delivered the news: Stage IV colon cancer. I gasped from a place deep within my soul. But Mama sat silently and looked straight ahead, without outward emotion.
On the ride home, she remained quiet and so did I, even though my mind was racing faster than the car. We pulled into her driveway and I turned to her. “Mama, I am so sorry,” I whispered as I grabbed both of her hands in mine. “I would take the cancer in your place if I could. Oh, how I wish I could.” Yes, I loved her that much.
Human love says “I wish I could.” God’s Love says “I did.”
“Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.” Matthew 27-31 (NIV)
Soak in that scene, friend. Don’t look away. Stripped, his clothes replaced with a scarlet robe to mock him. A twisted crown of thorns set on his head as they hit it “again and again.” Spit upon. Humiliated. And, all this happened before He was even nailed to the cross.
Oh dear God. This should have been me. This should have been us. But instead, Love took our place. Love took the sins of all mankind on that cross once and for all. And then, Hallelujah, Christ arose!
Love defeated death and replaced it with forever life.
Do you know Christ, beloved? He knows you. He loves you. His arms are open wide and He’s waiting. You don’t need a fancy Easter outfit or a perfect life. Come as you are.
So lay down your burdens, lay down your shame
All who are broken, lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home, you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart, come as you are. (Come As You Are/David Crowder)
Easter blessings and love to you, dear one. XO
Spread your joy,