Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Ungrateful. Unthankful. Selfish, self-serving, and self-absorbed.
I am all of those things and more when I fail to recognize the immensity of the price paid for the redemption of my soul.
Upon reading this today, my heart was overwhelmed with emotion. Here Jesus, the Son of God, had laid down His life for me and my sins. The events leading up to the crucifixion, the mock trial, the taunting, the beating, the scourging, and the long agonizing path to Golgotha, all weigh heavy on my heart because it was for my sin.
Then, at last, Jesus suffered something He had never known before – separation from His Heavenly Father.
I do not think we can fathom the magnitude of all that took place for our salvation.
I cannot imagine the type of love that kept Jesus in total submission to the Father’s will. I have never before experienced such unconditional love, such sacrificial love, such an abundant love!
To be the recipient of such love and not have it change you and transform you is not possible.
Many illustrations have tried to illuminate the human mind and teach us of the eternal love of the Father. Add to that, the submissive, obedient life of Jesus Christ and the precious gift offered in salvation. Still, more are the precious promises, the protection, the provision, and the eternal home in Heaven to ever be with Him. Words fail me.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
So often, I will take back what is rightfully God’s and use it for my own desires. My mind is His, but I will seek to think ungodly thoughts or allow anger, wrath, and bitterness to enter into that which my God has sanctified for His use.
His provision extends beyond my human capabilities and comprehension.
I am secure in the salvation I have received. I cannot, nor will I ever be removed from Heaven’s roll. I can enjoy the close, personal, intimate relationship with the God of Heaven should I choose to follow Him, submit to His way, and forsake mine.
All of my needs are met.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Becoming a child of God, I am now adopted as a son.
Ephesians 1:4-5 (KJV) “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will“
Even when I utterly fail, I can and will be received back if I but repent and submit.
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
To think that I am more wanted in fellowship with Him than He desires to punish is impressive. Yes, because God loves me, He will correct me. But He does so because He loves me.
Hebrews 12:6-7 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”
As a father, I have had to discipline my children. After the punishment was administered, and we made reconciliation to God, it was one of the sweetest moments to know that what was once between us is now gone, forgiven, and forgotten.
In His love, God places my sin in the deepest sea, as far as the east is from the west, puts them behind His back, and then chooses to remember them no more.
Each new transgression is as if I had never done it before. Once confessed, repented, and cleansed, I can once again enjoy the close, personal fellowship in the arms of my Savior.
If we fail to take the time to regularly praise God for what it is we received at salvation, we will grow complacent, apathetic, and ingratitude will creep in. We will begin to take this most beautiful gift for granted and think we are deserving.
In humbling ourselves to this most beautiful truth, we can remain close to Him.
2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”