Friday, April 22, 2011

Costy Love

During this time of reflection of Jesus’ death, many come to embrace His sacrificial love of His dying for us on the cross for our sins. He is our Savior and through His death we were redeemed to experience freedom. Not the sort of freedom to do what we please, but to walk in His ways as He has taught us.

Throughout the bible, Jesus has demonstrated the “Word” for He is the Word.  Everything that He asks of us, He has walked through so that we may follow.  From baptism in water, temptation, prayer, fasting, trials, hostility, persecution and forgiveness amongst other aspects of the Christian life, He taught and gave us the tools to walk with our cross.

Therefore Christ suffered and died to call us to follow His example of lowliness and costly love.   Yes, there is a cost: Obedience and to fulfill the command to love one another!

“This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly…For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” ~1 Peter 2:19-21

The Ultimate Sacrifice
by Magdalena Rodriguez

I can’t imagine the pain you felt within,
of sending your Son to give His life for our sin.
Yet you knew this plan must come to pass,
To redeem and conquer us from the enemy’s grasp.

You saw Him descend, transformed into man,
to come and inhabit this sinful land.
Prepared to endure the rejection of some,
you gave Him the strength to overcome.

You gazed from above to see what was done,
They mocked, and tortured your only Son.
Each time they flogged Jesus, you clenched your eyes,
Your heart was grieved and you cried deep inside.

Yet His love and obedience to fulfill your will,
He continued His journey with His cross up the hill.
His Spirit He surrendered on the cross where He hung,
“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’ve done.”

The prophecy fulfilled of the ONE who’s to come,
Our battle is over, Redemption was won.

So I’ll take up my cross each given day,
Like your Son Jesus, I will walk in YOUR way.

Like Paul, let our ambition be to share in Christ's righteousness by faith, and then to share in his sufferings in ministry. (Philippians 3:9-10)

In doing so, we endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 2:10). Our imitation of Christ will point people to him who alone can save.  Let us also imitate His love....