I was in church recently trying to prepare my heart for communion when someone mentioned how special it is when someone gives you a gift as a result of great personal sacrifice. How does it make you feel? Special and loved right? He went on to say that Jesus’ gift of salvation cost Him the ultimate sacrifice…His life. And if that wasn’t enough, along with that sacrifice He gave us the opportunity to become joint heirs with Him.
When we repent of our sin, ask God to forgive us, fully put our trust in Jesus who paid for our sin, and confess Him before others, Jesus becomes our Savior. We are clothed in Jesus’ righteousness.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
His father becomes our father. That father in heaven owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) and the world is His (Psalm 50:10). His provisions are unlimited! The Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside us. (I Corinthians 6:19) Along with that privilege, comes a responsibility for us to glorify God in our bodies because they have been bought with the blood of Jesus and are now the temple of the Holy Spirit.
He has given us all we need to live abundantly in this life. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we can now enjoy the heavenly gifts of love, joy, peace, contentment, etc. in this life.
Just thinking about Jesus’ great sacrifice and what all that means, humbled me and filled my heart with gratitude. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Why?” It is so hard to comprehend such love and not just for beautiful, innocent babies, but for all of us! We were all guilty before God. While we were Jesus’ enemy, dead in our trespasses and sin, Christ died for us. (Ephesians 2:1)
But God demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled , we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)
If we ever doubt Jesus’ love for us, all we have to do is think about Calvary and the great sacrifice Jesus made there on the cross. He died for the sins of the whole world and He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)