If you just came and told me that a man offered to give up his life in order to save me from an, otherwise, unavoidable death, I would probably feel a mixture of gratitude and shock.
Why would someone I don’t even know be willing to risk his own life for mine? It probably sounds like some fairy tale. After all, no one would actually do that, right? Not so much.
You see, there really was a man who saved my life.
His name? Jesus Christ; fully human yet fully God. Yes, my friends, I am a sinner just like everyone else. Jesus didn’t have to take my place, but He did. Why? Because He loves me.
And I wasn’t the only one He saved. The price that all of us deserve to pay for our sin has been paid by Christ.
The single most amazing truth is this. Jesus loves you.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to take the fact that Jesus died for me lightly.
One of the most well-known Bible verses is John 3:16. It says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Maybe you’re thinking, “I’ve done some pretty bad stuff. I don’t know if I could accept a gift like that. I don’t deserve it.” And you’d be partially right. You don’t deserve it and neither do I.
We’re all sinners. We’ve all made mistakes, but that’s the beauty of it!
It says in Romans 5:8 that, even while we were still sinners, Christ died for us and demonstrated His love. Amazing, isn’t it?
It’s good to be aware of the fact that we are unworthy to be saved by God because it helps us recognize the significance of what He did for us.
Take a look at John 3:16 again. There are two things that we should consider.
1. God the Father gave up His only Son for us.
2. Jesus was willing to set an example for us and then pay the price for our sin.
I want to share with you a short illustration of John 3:16.
There’s a story about a man who was a bridge master for the train station. Every day he’d flip the large switch, which would then let down a bridge for the train to cross.
One day, the man decided to bring his young son to work with him. However, the son got caught in the switches just as the train was coming.
The man knew that if he freed his son, the bridge wouldn’t come down in time for the train. All of those lives would be lost. But he also knew that, if he flipped the switch, his son would die.
He had to make a choice that I couldn’t dream of making. As the story goes, he decided to give up his son’s life in order to save all of those people on the train. Because of that decision, everyone on that train was able to live.
This story is actually a short, 33 minute movie called “Most”.
It shows us what it could’ve been like for God to send Jesus to die for you and me.
The fact that God was willing to give up His treasured Son for us is unfathomable. That is how much he loves us.
Just as God the Father showed His love by sending His Son, Jesus also showed great love for us as he was on the earth.
Have you really thought about the fact that Jesus even loved those who he knew would never love him back? I mean, think about it.
For me, dying for someone would be hard, but I would consider the idea much more if it would be for someone I loved and knew would be worth it rather than someone I knew had no intention of ever being grateful.
1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
Jesus showed us the greatest kind of love that exists! And He did it all because He cares about us and wants the best for us.
Thankfully, Jesus was raised back to life after being dead for 3 days. He died to show His love for us and pay the price for our sin, but he also resurrected to give us the hope of seeing Him face-to-face one day!
What will you do?
It’s one thing to know the story, it’s quite another to really think about the significance of God’s sacrifice and accept it.
If your desire is to accept the gift of Jesus and live a life to honor and glorify Him, I encourage you to take some time and pray about it. Tell God what’s in your heart and thank Him for sending His Son, Jesus, to save you.
If you’re interested in knowing more about what it means to be saved by Christ, email me at email@example.com. You are loved!