What Does It Mean To You?

  This week instead of my normal devotions, I have decided to take my time reading through all the accounts of the Easter story. Today is the first day, and I started in Matthew.
Before I sat down to read the account, I was listening to the song " Jesus, Thank You."

"The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end.
Lover of my soul,
I want to live for You."
(Italics mine)

I kept thinking of those words as I was reading. . . how can I not say thank you?!
All the details that we have recorded for us about how Jesus was arrested, and put on trial, and mocked beaten and crucified. . . how can we not realize what Christ did for us? Although I know the most painful for Christ was God, His Father, turning His face on His Son, I have not gotten there in the story yet.  Christ went through so much so that we would not have to face eternal damnation and so we could have a relationship with God.  Reading the details of the story renew the thankfulness in my heart. When someone gives me something, but it did not cost them much, I am thankful. . . but when something is given to me, and I know it cost the person a whole lot of time, pain, and/or money, it makes me even more thankful.
Jesus suffered and died...just for me and everyone who is willing to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. . . but I know that Christ would have suffered and died if it were only me that needed to be saved!
Those who say " God is a gracious and loving God, therefore I can do as I please because God will forgive me", must not understand the sacrifice that was made for them, for us.
Paul tells us, "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may increase? May it never be!" (Romans 6:1)
All my heart can say after reading Matthew 26 this evening is, "Jesus, Thank you!"
What does Jesus' sacrifice mean to you? Do you understand what has been done for you? Or do you think of it as a free pass to do what you please? If you do not know the Easter story, I encourage you to go read it. If you do know the Easter story, I encourage you to go read it. Also, you should go listen to that song. (By Sovereign Grace)

Well, those are my thoughts this evening. I hope you will reflect on what Easter is about this week.
Until next time,
Elise Hall


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