The Love Poured Out For Me!
The love poured out for me – the Man upon that cursed tree. What great love is this that covers me, that sets me free, that saved me from my sin and shame. This love, it bears the scars of nails on its hands and on its feet. This love poured out for me by the Savior who died on a cross at Calvary.
This great love that gave its all, holding nothing back, to the point of death so that I could have the Father’s love. A sacrifice of love that hung on a cross because of the will of the Father. “It’s the only way,” the Father told the Son, “to restore the lost, the broken, the orphans and the prodigals. To restore each child and bring them back into sonship.
To restore the world so sin infested and grim, back to the perfect love I have always had for them.” And the Son made no protest, or put up a fight, but surrendered to the Father and what would be asked of Him. He shared His Father’s love for the lost and downtrodden, for the sheep in need of a shepherd and the children in need of a revelation of the Father’s love.
So the spotless lamb who knew no sin went to His death as the perfect sacrifice. On His shoulders He bore the sin of the world, all those who mocked Him and beat Him and denied Him because of the great love He had for each and every soul. His death, shameful and undeserved, brought life eternal to all who call on His Name. The cost was counted from Heaven to earth, as the Savior, the Sustainer of life itself, humbled himself to the point of death of a criminal and gave up His Spirit as the ultimate sacrifice of love. By His death, eternal life and uninterrupted communion with God was restored.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love would give everything to save a sinner, to save a world drowning in self-seeking, self-serving, rotting decay? This love displayed in the nail-pierced hands stretched out on the cross to absorb the punishment we are deserving of. How great is the price that paid our debt! how precious is the sacrifice that was made for us! Why would the Creator of the universe choose to die in my place? Why would He give His life for me when it was my sin that kept Him on that Roman cross?
Yet He took it all. He took my sin. He took my shame. He took my place. He took my humiliation. He took the punishment meant for me and the mocking and the pain. He suffered the greatest loss of all, the separation from His Father. As Jesus took the sin of the world upon Him, He could no longer be in communion with the Father.
He experienced complete separation from God so that we will never have to! Now we can always come freely and boldly to the throne of God and more than that, we can have confidence that our Father will never leave us or forsake us. At the cross Jesus endured the most excruciating pain of not being able to commune with His Father, so that no one will ever have to live life without God again.
Jesus took it all. That which I could never endure, the outstanding debt that I could never repay, Jesus, the perfect and spotless lamb, paid in full. And as he hung upon that cross, my heart was filled with sorrow, guilt and pain. He took it all. For Me. A sinner. And with a glimmer in the Savior’s tear-stained eyes, He locked His gaze on mine, and spoke to my heart, “beloved, you are worth all this. It is My joy to die for you because that is how great My love is for you!”
Prayer & Reflection:
Jesus, Your love is overwhelming! It unravels my heart and tears down all of my self-made defenses. Your love, O God, so undeserved and unfathomable, freely poured out at the cross, transforms me until all that I am is a reflection of all that You are in me. All I can say is “Thank You!” With everything I am, I say Thank You, Jesus, for Your Love, for Your sacrifice. For I could never reach high enough to receive Your Love, yet You reached down and became a bridge to the Father; a bridge of love that could never be destroyed. Now nothing, no power of Hell, no scheme of man, no height, no depth, no heavenly being nor anything in all of creation can separate me from Your love. The price You paid to give me life, Your life. And now it’s Your love that covers me, that transforms me, that gave everything for me and asks all of me in return. How could I withhold anything from You when You withheld nothing from me, but offered up Your very life because You said I was worth it? That I could be called the joy of Christ! Being called the joy of Christ leads to a desire to give my all for You, it brings my heart to You as I am filled with repentance. You are my Joy Complete! So all I can ever say is, thank You, Lord, for the cross! For pouring out Your Love for me. For the blood of Your Precious Son that washed me clean, that made me new. I love that Roman cross, for by it, I have been saved,and by the scars on my Savior’s hands, feet and side, I know the power of Perfect Love! So, as You gave Your life for me, I offer my life completely to You as my gift of love to You, my King, my Savior, my Everything.
In the Name of Jesus, Amen!
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! ~Romans 5:6-10
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ~1 John 4:17
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~Hebrews 12:2
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. ~Philippians 2:5-8
It is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. ~1 Peter 1:16-21
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. ~ Isaiah 49:16