This week’s web article is shared by Stephen Marvin…
Let us never forget the depth of the loving sacrifice that was made for us. Jesus gave up so much for us.
Have you ever thought about all that Jesus gave up as he died on the cross for you? If you are a Christian, you have surely contemplated the pain and agony of the cross. The Gospels inform us that Jesus was mocked, struck, spat upon, and a crown of thorns was placed upon his head. We cringe at the brutality and suffering that was a part of the crucifixion, and we are reminded of the body that was broken and the blood that was shed each time we partake in the Lord’s Supper.
Yet, beyond those torturous events, Jesus also gave up his earthly livelihood for you. Take a moment to contemplate these things. Jesus was a relatively young man, in his early thirties, when he died for you. His sacrifice also required that he leave his earthly relationships behind. He obviously loved his mother, family members, and friends, and surely he did not want to end those relationships prematurely. He specifically asked John to take care of his mother in his absence (John 19), revealing his heart for his earthly family even as he was breathing his last few breaths.
Jesus also knew the grief that his death was to put his earthly loved ones through. In John 19 we read that his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, Mary Magdalene, and the disciples whom he loved all stood near the foot of the cross. Surely the tears streamed down their faces as they witnessed the brutality of the cross.
Jesus was God, but He was also man. He had emotions just like you and me. However, he willingly put all these things aside for you. Let us never forget the depth of the loving sacrifice that was made for us. Jesus gave up so much for us. We should remember these things as we strive to live for the one who died for us.