But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7 NIV)
This scripture has been on my mind for the last week or so. Maybe its because as we head towards the Easter weekend I am thinking alto about the sacrifice our Lord Jesus Christ suffered for us.
Sometimes I wonder if we have got used to the story, started accepting it as something that happened years ago.
Maybe we are grateful.
Maybe we realise the importance of this amazing gift.
Yet do we realise the horror of what Jesus faced.
How much he suffered so that we may be justified by grace.
I shudder at the pain he must have faced.
The beatings he withstood, the humiliation, the torture.
His body broken and ripped to sheds.
His heart aching from the rejection he faced.
All for us.
All because of us.
Tomorrow is Good friday and while i cannot change those events of 2000 years ago, I can spend time in prayer and in thanks.
I promise to remember the sacrifice.
I promise to remember the pain.
I know that its only because of his mercy I have eternal life.
My thanks seem nowhere near enough for the incredible gift I have received through Jesus Christ my Saviour.
I’m humbled by your magnificence.
Jesus I offer all I have.
I offer my heart.