How Much Do You Love Me?

I asked Jesus,
"How much do You love me?"
He replied,
"This much,"
and stretched out His arms and died.


Easter Friday is the time we remember the physical sacrifice Christ made. The Creator of heaven and earth allowed men to punish Him. He who had no sin took on ours so at the end of days, we can stand blameless before a Holy and Just God.

If that doesn't blow your mind, nothing will.

Christ's sacrifice was not unheralded. The book of Isaiah, written by the prophet from about 739-680 BC, told exactly how He would be treated.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53: 5
There are other scriptures that speak about his clothing being gambled for, how his beard was plucked from his face and not once did he cry out.
"He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth, He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth."
Isaiah 53:7
When we read these words, it's so easy to gloss over what Christ actually did for us that fateful day. Christ Himself said in John 15:13,
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
WHO are the friends and WHO will lay down His life? Christ tells us in verses 14&15.
"You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his Master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father, I have made known to you."

Christ did this for YOU. YOU are the friend He died for and all He asks in return is that you acknowledge Him as the Son of God, confess your sins and ask Him forgive you. Pretty simple, but then, some of the best things in life are.
God Bless and remember to hug someone you love today.

"Where Are You"

"And they heard the sound of the LORD walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
Genesis 8:1-2
I love these verses in Genesis for several reasons, the most obvious being that God came into the garden and walked among man. Adam and Eve heard Him in the garden. How marvelous. Could you imagine taking a stroll in the cool of the day with God? Talk about what you did and bring your concerns to Him with a face to face experience?
Here's the thing. We can. Although God is spirit, when you invite Him into your heart and life He becomes closer than a brother. You can have a conversation with Him anytime, anywhere, wherever you are.
The second reason I love these verses is the question God asks Adam. "Where are you?"
Do you think God, in all His omniscience, didn't know where they were hiding? Of course He did. He is the Lord God Almighty, but He chose to pursue Adam. He wanted Adam to know that He was seeking him out.

Even today, in our modern times, God pursues us. He beckons us to come to Him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30
Right now God is asking - Where are you? Listen close and you will hear Him walking in the garden. Step out, take His hand and find peace, joy and an uncompromising love.

God Bless You and remember to hug someone you love today.