How Deep is God’s Love?

Romans 5:6-10 NIV
[6] You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. [7] Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! [10] For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

While Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, accused of blasphemy by the High Priest and Sanhedrin, He remained silent. He knew He was going to His death and He willingly allowed it so He could carry out the mission He came to accomplish. He was beaten, whipped, spat upon and humiliated. His skin ripped apart by brutal torture until He was unrecognizable. Then Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross. Huge spikes driven through His wrists and feet. As He was mocked and ridiculed, as He hung there struggling to breathe for six hours, as He took upon Himself the full weight of all sin and felt the presence of His Father leave Him alone, He prayed for His persecutors. He prayed that the Father would forgive them because “they know not what they do.”

Jesus, taking our punishment for our sins. Willingly going to His death to pay for the sins of the very people that yelled, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Willingly taking on the sins of each and every one of us and then dying to pay our penalty for us so we could be forgiven and have eternal life in Him, He showed us the depth of His love. He died in our place to save us even when we were still deep in sinful rebellion against Him.

If we could see sin for what it really. If we could understand the severity of our rebellious acts and attitudes against God. If we could only comprehend the full reality of God’s deep love for us, we would do everything we could possibly do to reject temptation and run from sin as fast and as far as we could.

But we become blind to it. We see the pleasure in sin, not the death. We don’t see it as sin at all. Pride, lust, greed, living for ourselves instead of for God and for others, envy, gossip, lies, coveting, etc. We don’t see it as sin when it’s right in front of us. We see it as something good. Something fun. Something pleasurable. But we don’t see past the pretty shiny surface. We see the nice juicy apple and forget that God warned us against it for our own good. To save us from pain. To keep is from hurting ourselves and severing our relationship with God. To save us from the eternal death and torment that sin ultimately demands of us.

We know not what we do.

Let’s pray.

Lord Jesus please save us from our sins. We give into temptation because we lose sight of you. We lose sight of the truth and let the enticement of sin draw us in. As we learn throughout your word, sin can be pleasurable for a season but ultimately leads to death. We praise you and thank you for being the God of love that you are. For taking the shame of our sins upon your shoulders and taking the punishment of our sins on our behalf. We believe that you willingly died as it says in your word and that you rose from the dead three days later, forever defeating sin and death. Thank you for not giving up on us but instead offering a way of salvation unto eternal life in your holy name. Lord Jesus you call us to repentance and to put our faith in you as our Lord and Savior. We lift our hearts and lives in humble and obedient surrender to you. We put our faith in you as our Savior and our trust in you as our Lord and God to guide us, protect us, and strengthen us as we seek to passionately and obediently follow you from this moment forward and for all eternity. We know Lord that we will fall at times and we pray that in these times of failures and hardships that you will always remind us of your love. Remind us that as we confess and repent of our sins, you promise to forgive us. Thank you for saving us Lord. We give our lives to you. Your will be done Lord God. In the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we pray, Amen!

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