For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Let me ask you some questions. If you were the God of the universe would you leave your throne in heaven and come to earth so you could sleep on the straw surrounded by stinking animals just so you could live and even have the indignity of having your diaper changed?
If you knew that the vast majority of people you came for would reject you, would you still come? If you knew that the tongues that you created would curse you, the mouths that you created would spit on you, the hands you created would crucify you, would you still come?
Look at what Jesus did about sacrifice. He gave up a crown for a cross. He gave up adoration for humiliation. He gave up sovereignty for suffering. He went from sitting on a throne, to laying in a manger, to hanging on a tree. He went from being a king with a crown, to a baby with diapers, to an accused criminal on a cross.
Why did he do that? Because your soul was more important than his blood. Your eternal life was more important than His earthly life. Your place in heaven was more important than His place in heaven. He gave up His place so you could have a place.
Let’s not forget this amazing sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Let’s not take for granted His selflessness, His care, and His love for us. Instead, let us be forever grateful that Jesus was willing to leave the comfort and majesty of heaven so He could save us from an eternity separated from God.
Dear Lord, how grateful I am that you were so selfless in coming to live and die on earth so that I could have a relationship with you. I never want to take that gift for granted. Please help me to live with gratitude for your salvation every single day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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