Monday, March 05, 2012

Look to the Cross

Romans 8:37 (NKJV) 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

One day when I read the verse above, I noticed that it said that Jesus loved us in the past tense. At first this seemed odd to me because I know that His love never ends. I asked God why sometimes the Bible uses passed tense as it does in the Scripture above and waited for an answer. Later on, I was talking about this with my wife Michelle. While we were discussing it, I heard in my thinking, look to the cross.

God wants us to realize everything that was paid for on the cross. Of course, He always loves us but we need to remember how He demonstrated His love. Take a look at some more interesting verses from another book in the Bible. The Bible says in Ephesians 3:18-19, "[That you], may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

First, notice the four descriptive words used to describe the vastness of God's love. The words are width, length, depth, and height. The original words in Greek actually mean wide, great, deep and high. In the original language, they describe a cross.

Second, take note that it says that the love of God is beyond knowledge, even more than we could comprehend. Last, it says that the more we know how much God loves us, the more we get filled with the fullness of God.

Now look at the next verse, Ephesians 3:20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,"

So what does this mean? Jesus gave Himself to be hung on a cross to provide unlimited love and unlimited God on the inside of us! Jesus was the righteousness and perfection of God. God became a man. This was the only way to provide a true perfect sacrifice. Any other sacrifice would have been less than perfect. The righteousness of our sacrifice replaces our sins. This was the only way for us to obtain true righteousness---it was a gift (Romans 5:17).

Jesus suffered physical, emotional, and even spiritual punishment. He suffered as a human. It was a long torturous and painful death. His flesh was ripped open, His bones were exposed and this was before being nailed to a cross and humiliated for six hours. I personally believe that He suffered more than any human ever has or ever will suffer. He received judgement for our sins and the payment was more than enough.

Of course He will always love us. What He did proves it. If you want to experience exceedingly abundantly above all that you could ask or think, look to the cross and comprehend what He did for us.

Be Blessed!

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