What if you should do something terribly wrong and are waiting to be punished, but then someone steps in your place and decides that he or she will face the punishment on your behalf? Wouldn’t that be an awesome gesture? Well, you are favored by a loving God, and that’s the grace that He has extended to you when He sends His only son to die in your place. You should’ve faced the penalty of sin:
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5) NIV
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What did Jesus endure as He stood in your place?
Jesus Christ endured mental and physical suffering. Can you imagine? Nails in his hands and feet, thorns on his head, spear in His side. He bore this agony simply because He wanted to redeem mankind from sin. This is the greatest demonstration of God’s love for you. He stood in your place so that you can experience freedom from sin.
Today, if you are feeling despondent, discouraged, or even questioning your value, remember that you are chosen by a loving God who has made the ultimate sacrifice for you. He suffered and died, but He rose again, and today He stands ready to rescue you from the traps of the enemy. There is nothing too hard for the Lord to do in your life, as He has never lost a battle. He still extends His kind invitation to you today as he says:
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) NIV
Wow! What an invitation.
Accept God’s kind invitation. The demonstration of His love on the cross is a testament to His never-failing care and compassion toward you. You can always share your joys, your pains, and your anxieties with a loving God who has your best interest at heart.
God would’ve still sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ, even if you were the only individual to be saved. Hmmm….That’s how special you are to God, and you can experience His sweet peace when you live in obedience to Him.
Grace and peace,
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