By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16 NKJV
Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself on a Cross for us. He died to pay the penalty for our sin. The Lord made the ultimate sacrifice for us because He loves us. There is so much more to that sacrifice!
The Eternal Son of God lived in a perfect loving relationship within the God head before time began. Jesus gave up a perfect existence to become a human. Jesus never knew pain, hunger, loneliness or temptation in His pre-incarnate state!
Jesus stepped out of eternity to be born of a woman Jesus was still God. He was also completely human. Jesus had the same needs and limitations as any other baby. He had to be fed and cared for just like any other baby.
Jesus allowed Himself to be ridiculed and abused. He allowed Himself to be tortured and murdered. Jesus took upon Himself every sin ever committed by human beings. He became separated from the love of the Father that He had known since eternity past!
Jesus allowed Himself to experience separation from the Father so we could be brought back into His loving presence and protection. He allowed Himself to live outside of God love, even if just for a moment, so we could live our lives in the light of God’s love!
Jesus values each of so highly that no sacrifice is too great. Our Lord made it clear that no price is too high to restore the relationship with our Heavenly Father that we were created to live in through eternity!
Today our Lord is asking us to humble ourselves by making sacrifices for our brothers and sisters. Jesus is calling us to love our brothers and sisters by giving ourselves to Him so He can love them through us!
Ask God how you can love a brother or sister in the Lord today. Ask Him how you can share the love of God with someone who does not know Jesus. Ask Jesus how you can join Him in restoring other people to their rightful place in the Kingdom of God!
Jesus demonstrated His love for us by laying down His life for us. Demonstrate your love for someone somewhere by laying down your needs and desires to meet his or hers!
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