I think the bible is so poetic, don't you? I've been reflecting on this verse for a while now. I think after everything that happened with Ramon, it's just been on my heart.
Many years ago, the greatest love of all walked this very earth. Jesus. He came to pay a debt that He didn't even owe. A debt of sin - our sins and our debt. Today is a good, good Friday. God knew humanity needed restoration, so he sent a Savior. Jesus came and in the greatest display of love ever shown, sacrificed His own life to save ours. Words + movie depictions don't really even touch the surface of what Jesus went through for us. He died a sinner's death, though He committed no sin. He suffered a death that we all deserved, but are now pardoned from. and 3 days later, Jesus rose and now offers freedom beyond death. He stands as our atonement, because we couldn't & can't do it ourselves. That is legit. All you have to do is come to believe on your own free will.
Dearest friends, can you imagine a day where our troubles and tears, our pain, our sadness, all the disease & sickness that plague this world, all the evil -- will be no more? He will restore us and make all things new. The day is coming - we will go home and be in the presence of the one true God, our Almighty King. Is your heart ready for that day?
To grasp such love.. love that brings me to my knees with a heart bursting with gratitude to the One who saved me when I've done nothing to deserve it. That is my hope for all of us, for those who know do believe and particularly for those who may not. That you might come to know this great Love. Love that will set you free from the chains that we are bound to by this world. Even if everything said here doesn't sit well with you or sounds crazy, I hope that you may at least be just a little curious to examine this deep agape love.
Happy Good Friday friends.
Thanks for reading this too :)
If anyone is looking for somewhere to go, our church is having a Friday service today at 4pm & 6pm & on Saturday/Sunday - the times are listed here. Nick & I will be here on Sunday morning with my brothers too. Email me and we can go together. I'm serious. I'd also love to hear from any of you who may be wondering what on earth I'm even talking about. Feel free to comment or email me with questions/doubts/issues with what's been said here/whatever, I'd love to hear any and all thoughts.
(ps: above graphic is free to download - print it, keep it as encouragement, whatever! A ipad/phone version can be downloaded at flickr too)