God loves you!!!

On March 24, 2013 by Jeremy Durdel

God loves you! No matter what everyone else thinks, no matter what you think, God loves you. Despite ourselves, not because of what we have done and not because of what we haven’t done. God loves us, He sent His only son to die in our place. To pay a price we could not pay, because He loves us.
This week as we come upon Palm Sunday and slide through the week to Good Friday and on into Resurrection Sunday. I just want to take the time to shed new light for some, or maybe relight for others, somethings to see this week.
The same people on Palm Sunday singing Hosanna to Jesus were also the same people who were cheering on the crucifixion on Friday. Matthew 21:1-11 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
I not until recent, had always thought that Jesus was the only person ever crucified. I had found out that thousands of people have been crucified. Some how I thought Jesus was the only one they nailed to the cross, not so they nail everyone. So I started to really struggle to figure out exactly what made Jesus’s crucifixion different. I am sure that innocent men have died on a cross before, not the same kind of innocent that Jesus is innocent, but innocent of the crimes to which they were crucified. John McAurther talked about how the wrath of God fell on Jesus and I realized it wasn’t the cross with the ridicule and scorn, the scourging the mockery, the nails or the spear. It was the darkness! The three hours of darkness is what Jesus was asking God to take away if at all possible. It was because of the darkness that He sweat great drops of blood. I have always assumed that the darkness was God not wanting to see His Son dying on the cross, but on the contrary God was in the darkness bringing His full wrath and judgement on Jesus. It was in those three hours when the sin of the world was being paid for so that we could be reconciled to God. That was the moment Jesus came for, right then, that was the moment when your sin and mine was laid upon Jesus and He paid the price to set us free.
In remembering Good Friday, we have to remember that our hope lies in the resurrection. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then there is no hope because although our sin would be atoned for we would not have a life to come into after death. Jesus’s resurrection is where death was defeated, winning for us new life in Jesus, eternal life without end, and most important eternal life with God.
So this week remember to share your faith, live out Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This week people are more tolerant of hearing the good news of Jesus and what He accomplished for us. So take advantage of this week, taking everything before God in prayer with thanksgiving in your hearts.
I am hoping you all have a wonderful and safe week. See you on Sunday and Remember YOU ARE LOVED!!!

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