In honor of Good Friday, today we reflect on Jesus’ love expressed in his sacrifice for us.
Several years ago I was challenged by an unusual reflection from Christian author and speaker Brennan Manning. He said, “I have spent thousands of hours studying and memorizing scripture, preaching, praying and meditating, and I am convinced that when we stand before God, He will ask us one question, and one question only: “Did you believe I loved you?” In response, Brennan said, “The true believers will answer ‘yes, and I’ve built my entire life around that one truth.’ ” However, others will claim they believed it, but not really. They attended church and read books, but never truly believed it; always struggling to prove themselves to others.
As we ponder God’s question, in Ephesians, the Apostle Paul prays for the Holy Spirit to help us comprehend how high, deep, and wide God’s love is. The love of Christ is beyond comprehension. Often, this love can only be realized when the Holy Spirit performs a miracle in our lives. This is the only way to understand how amazing, deep, and awesome God’s love is. Many Christians, however, do not have that attitude toward God. Some believe, “I’m in if I’ve got a B+ or better; if not, I’m out.”
Friend, Paul teaches us that we can exchange places with Jesus. He becomes sin and you become righteous in God’s eyes. It wasn’t earned by you, but by Christ on your behalf. It will be possible for you to look in the mirror with confidence and faith in spite of all of your mistakes, setbacks, and flaws. It’s because this is the contract that says you are God’s beloved child!