“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
The body of Christ is certainly diverse - some of us didn’t know a single Bible verse when we made a decision to follow Jesus, while some of us (myself included) grew up as “pew babies” - in church from the moment we were born and surrounded by the Bible and it’s teachings from a very early age. I have to admit - there are times when I envy my friends who came to Christ from un-churched backgrounds; they often have a love and hunger for Scripture that I seem to lack.
Take this week for example; we often call this “Passion Week” - when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples, was betrayed by Judas, which ultimately led to his crucifixion and death. It’s easy to nod my head and say, “Yes - Jesus did that for me” and move on without giving it much thought. However, when I truly stop to ponder what that all means, it truly is humbling.
Each of us owed a debt to God we could never pay. Each of us was separated from him by our sin, which rightfully condemned us to an eternity of suffering in hell. Through faith in Christ, each of us received the priceless gift of salvation because of his sacrifice on our behalf. Max Lucado talks about this in his devotional titled “Living Proof.” Max focuses on the amazing reality of one phrase - “He gave himself up…” Jesus willed for this to happen; he made a conscious decision to follow his Father’s plan and forsake his own rights and power and put himself in the place we deserved to be. On that cross he experienced a separation from the Father that - praise God! - because of his obedient sacrifice we will never have to!
It may seem familiar, but it should never stop being amazing!!! If you’re in a place like me this Passion Week; if the incredible story of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection seems a bit too “been there, done that,” let’s take a moment and ask the Lord to open our eyes and soften our hearts. Let’s remember this:
"God did not spare His son. He gave Him up for you."