Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you. (1 Peter 1:18-20)
We have seen what God gave up for Lent—His One and Only Son. Hopefully you’ve seen up close and personal what He went through, and some of the things He had done. There is no need to ask why, because you have seen over and over the reason why…was you; He did it for you. And you see that even with the last five words of the above passage which began this Lenten study: “For the sake of you”.
I would like to think after considering all the things God went through, all the things He did, and all that He gave up, you would fall on your knees and repent, and become a follower of Christ. But I’m not that naive. Some will never be moved by the love and sacrifice of our Great God. For those who have been moved by the passion and compassion of our gracious God, what is your response?
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)
And since Christ lives in you, and you live by faith…
Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NLT)
So what is your response? That you no longer live for yourself, rather you live for Christ.
This study started when many of you may have had an ashen cross drawn on your forehead. I pray that the power of the cross has moved from your head to your heart; and then…
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
We’re back with the Psalms later this week. – SD