Jesus, how much do you love me, I asked. "This much," He replied and He stretched out his out His arms and died.
I do not know where I read this quote or who wrote it. The first time I read it I remember I literally held my breath for an instant as the power and true meaning of these words hit my mind and heart like a thunder bolt.
Oh LORD Jesus you DID willing stretch out your bruised and bleeding arms on a wooden cross and died for me. It became so personal and clear to me as I once again realized how much God loves not only me, but everyone that has ever been born into this world. John 3:16 tells us, "that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."KJV
Rembember, it was not the nails in Jesus hands and feet that held Him to the cross. What was it then? It was His love for me and for you that He willing left his home in glory, where He had always been with His Father God, to come to earth, to be born in a stable, live as a poor carpenter and then be betrayed and die on a cross to shed His precious blood for our sins, our healing and so we can have the peace that passes all understand in any situation. Dear reader this was no accident. This was planned by God before the foundation of the world. Jesus knew when he came to earth that this was His mission and he saw it fulfilled. No man has ever before or since Jesus, suffered as He suffered for us at the hands of cruel men. His will and purpose was to please His Father, and to provide for us a way to be forever with God when we die or if we live until He comes for us in the clouds. If we just ask Him to be our Savior, He will apply the blood that He shed for all mankind to us, cover our past, and make us like new. Just think we become a new creature in Jesus Christ.
Not only did He die but he shed every precious drop of His blood, the stripes on His back are for our healing and He was chastised so that we might have the peace of God that passes ALL understanding. Then He was buried in a borrowed tomb.
There may be weeping for the night, but JOY cometh in the morning.
The Bible says that early on the third day which was Sunday morning, Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdeline and some others came to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices. They wondered among themselves, "how will we be able to roll away the heavy stone that the soldiers put in front of the grave." But when the ladies got to the tomb they saw that it was open. They saw an angel they were frightened. The angel said unto them,"I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and behold, He goeth before you into Galilee, there ye shall see Him: lo, I have told you." Matthew 28:L5-7
Dear Reader, that is why we celebrate Easter, it the day to commerate and praise Jesus Christ our Savior for being willing to be beaten, burised, scorned and to hang on the old rugged cross until He shed every drop of His precious blood for who? FOR ME AND FOR YOU, please get this into your mind and heart FOR YOU, no matter what your life is like now: that can and will change in an instant the moment you asked Jesus to be your Savior and to apply His blood to cover your sins and forgive you. Please say this prayer with me: Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner, I have not lived according to your Word the Holy Bible. Lord I am tired of fighting all by myself. I need you, truly need you to be Lord of my life. Please forgive me of every sin that I have ever commited and take away all the bad habits that control my life. Lord I give all my sins and everything not like you, to you to cover them with your blood. The Bible says that you will never remember them anymore. From this moment on I am a new creation in You. Lord I will tell someone what you have done for me and I pledge to make the rest of my life as an example of what you have done for me and will do for anyone that asks you.
Please find a good Bible believing church and get up in the morning and attend, if you do not have a Bible I am sure that someone in the church will be most happy to give you one. God will never turn anyone away if we come to Him with a repentent heart. God bless you as you begin your journey in this most wonderful path of life with Him., Love Gloria
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