“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.” As a father of one son, Wesley, and one grandson, Jeremiah, I will tell you honestly, I could do it for you and-or
me. It’s a hard thought, and out of love for my son and grandson I shiver at the very idea of having to give either one up as a living sacrifice. For this world? Humanity? You have to be kidding me! Hard-headed, disobedient, stiff-necked, prejudiced, hateful, envious, jealous and unappreciative, no way! I thank God that He does not see the world, you and I, through the eyes of men.
You have to understand that God did not give His son-in-law, he did not give his step-son, he did not give someone else’s son, He gave Jesus—His only begotten Son, and He gave him for you and me. Maybe some of you are having problems with the word “begotten” or is it “only?” Begotten simply means He created him, He gave life to Him, He brought him forth out of Himself. And “only” means just that, only, He did not have two or three, he had one, just one—Jesus was and is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the only one.
The second most awesome and endearing part of this transaction makes each one of us
beholding and indebted to Jesus. He agreed with the Father! He did not object nor resist being given as a living sacrifice. He became a sacrificial offering for our sins, yours and mine, the one-time, once-and-for-all sacrifice to cover a multitude of mankind’s sins. Jesus could do it because he was without sin and no guile was in him. He was pure and sure, he knew he could and would return to the Father.
The certainty of purpose and result was clear to Jesus and it needs to be clear to every believer. This is what my Father requires of me and I’m willing to do the Father’s will. I will do it for the benefit of my sisters and brothers that are removed from the glory I live every day. Jesus was already in heaven and had a round trip ticket to return before he left. God guaranteed him that he would return to his rightful place. And here we are still trying to find ours.
As we approach the Easter Holiday season we should be ever so mindful of God’s love and the greatest gift the world has ever received the gift of Jesus. The gift of Jesus is truly the gift that gave and keeps on giving. Oh, the blood, nothing but the blood, there’s power in the blood, healing in those blood-stained stripes and I thank you Lord for your gift. Let us not forget, God gave Jesus, and Jesus gave all, he did not give his life-savings, he gave
his life to save you and me.
What are you willing to give? Are you willing to give your life for a life? Will you give your life to Jesus as he gave His for you? “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” (Titus 2:11) Today is the day, now is the time, will you come to Jesus as he came to you. Thank you Jesus for all that you have given for me; hope, strength, faith and a one way ticket to my heavenly home. “In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Easter: God’s First Love (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)
- The Cross of God (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)