Thursday, March 20

Christ Came for Me

Suggested Scripture
Luke 15:1-6

Key Verse

Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
--Luke 15:4 (NIV)

As I look forward to the celebration of Christ's resurrection, I spend time reflecting on the magnitude of God's love for me. In the past I preferred to dismiss the gruesome reality of Jesus' crucifixion as the middle step in between Palm Sunday and Easter. By distancing myself in this way, I downplayed the power that Christ exhibited over death.

If I had been the only human on the face of God's earth, God still would have sent Jesus to die for my sins. As Christ hung upon the cross, abandoned by His own heavenly Father, He saw me in His mind's eye. He didn't just hang on the cross, He clung to it in order to give me the gift of eternal life.

He willingly stepped away from a place that knew no pain, to come to find me in the middle of mine. As author and speaker Dick Foth so aptly summarizes, "God left his place to come to our place, to take my place, so we could go to His place." Knowing that He died for the sins of the world doesn't impact me nearly as much as knowing that He died for mine. I am rocked to my core to realize that I am loved so intensely by the Creator.

Reflecting Pool

What would you do if something or someone precious to you was lost?

What is one way that God has reminded you of His love?

Do you believe that Christ died for you personally? How does that affect you?


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