The cross of Calvary will forever stand before mankind as the greatest gift of love. For all

of us who are privileged to have faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, we look upon this cruel death

as the means by which we are ransomed from our sins and saved from hell. Out of death comes a love that cannot be defined or surpassed. “This is how God showed his Love for us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10

    Jesus has sent his disciples out into the world with the message of the Cross. His message is that because He has paid the debt of sin, everyone can come and have their sins forgiven. Why? Not because we deserve it, nor have earned it in some way through our sacrifices or our own righteousness.

The message is love spoken in death. “For God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but will have eternal life.” John 3:16

    Listen to the lyrics of the song entitled How Deep the Father’s Love, written by Stuart Townend:

How deep the Father’s love for us! How vast beyond all measure! That he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure! How great the pain of searing loss! The Father turns his face away as wounds which mar the chosen One bring many sons to glory. Behold the Man upon the cross, my sin upon his shoulders. Ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it was finished. I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart; His wounds have paid my ransom.”

   Do those words bring tears to your eyes? Does it touch your heart that the Son of God laid down his life for you? I cannot imagine a single day of not knowing the love of God and His amazing grace. If you do not have the blessed hope of eternal life through Jesus today, please hear the voice from long ago. Listen carefully as Jesus prayed for the forgiveness of those who nailed him to the cross. Let the Lord’s victory over death secure your own resurrection to eternal joy.

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