A Perfect Sacrifice, An Eternal Hope

The Cross

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ~John 3:16-17

I heard this verse growing up in church, but it didn’t really sink into my heart until my late teenage years. Recently I shared my thoughts about God’s Powerful Love. His love is powerful indeed, and I am especially reminded of his love during this Passion Week as I reflect about what Jesus did on the Cross.

 God the Father, chose to send his Son down to earth to save us—Jesus {fully God and fully man} walked on this earth, lived among men, built relationships with others, shared stories, offered wisdom, faced temptations, yet remained completely perfect and then he willingly gave up his life for each and every one of us as he was nailed to the Cross.  Why would somebody do this?

The answer: LOVE

God loves us so very much. He desires a relationship with us and he doesn’t want to be separated from us. He was willing to allow his Son to be crucified for us. This pulls at my heart strings a little more now that I am a mom. I have a precious little son who I love in a way like I love no one else in this world. He means everything to me, and I cannot imagine how painful it would be to give him up for something that. Yes God knew that his Son would rise back to life and return to him, but still—he watched his one and only Son suffer immensely on the Cross.

A high price had to be paid for our sins so that we could be reconciled to God and be able to spend eternity with him. Our sins: past, present and future, required a perfect sacrifice. Jesus, the only perfect man who has ever walked this earth, obediently yielded to the will of God the Father and hung on the Cross for us—He was the perfect sacrifice.

…he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:5

Jesus suffered an excruciating death on the Cross, for our salvation—so that we could be free to have a relationship with the Living God.  If that’s not love, than I don’t know what is. It’s beyond humbling to know that someone would be willing to lay down his life, for an undeserving sinner like me. It’s a beautiful picture of God’s amazing love.

The story doesn’t end at the Cross. Jesus rose to life three days after he said the words, “IT IS FINISHED.” He is alive and we can have ‘new life’ in Him. So as Easter approaches, we definitely have something to celebrate! Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus conquered death once and for all. If we believe in Him, we can experience the beauty of having a relationship with the Lord and we can have the amazing hope of eternal life.  Praise God!

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood

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4 thoughts on “A Perfect Sacrifice, An Eternal Hope

  1. Hannah, this is so touching and beautiful…. thanks for sharing and my hearts prayer is that many will come to know His perfect love by the ministry you have here…
    In Him,
    Jean

  2. Hi Hannah. I just came across your blog by ‘accident’. I was looking for a fb wall pic and saw yours above. May I use it…pretty please?
    If not, that’s okay.
    I also pray many come to know Christ Jesus through your blog.
    God bless! 🙂
    Indy

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