By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 10, 2017
From Series: Easter
Luke 23:13-14, 20-21, “Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, and said to them, 'You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him’... Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. But they kept shouting, 'Crucify him! Crucify him!'”
It is difficult to really understand the totality of God's love for us. We sing, “Jesus Loves Me”, we recite John 3:16, we thank Him for His immeasurable grace and still the depth of it seems to evade us. These outward expressions are wonderful, but they only skim the surface of His incredible love.
Take a moment to imagine how it would feel if someone you know personally, perhaps a family member or a close friend was willing to take your place for a crime they didn’t commit. Picture that person enduring your consequences. Although accused, they never try to shift the blame back on you. Knowing the severity of the punishment they are about to face, they follow through. And then after it is all said and done they still open their arms to embrace you and say, “I love you”. Such a selfless act is unfathomable, yet Jesus did it for us. He did no wrong. He lived a perfect life. He didn’t have to do it! And yet His love for us came first. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. Let’s keep this in mind as we grow closer to Easter and pray for those far from God to attend church this weekend.
Pray for the opportunity to share with others how God has blessed you in ways you don’t deserve.
Put today’s scripture in context by reading Luke 23:1-25.
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