Today's Devotional Thought
March 26, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
His Great Love
I am reading a book right now that has me simply captivated. It is Mended by Angie Smith and in it, she honestly and beautifully shares her journey with the Lord.
In one of the early chapters of the book, she shares something that I have been thinking about as we approach Easter. It seems that the older I get, the more the entire week of Easter begins to take on new meaning. And in this holy week leading up to Easter, I am spending time each day thinking about the great love the Jesus showed for us this week.
In her book, Angie writes of this great love in a way that has not left my soul. She writes of how she was reading her daughter's childrens' Bible and how their description of Jesus' death on the cross penetrated her heart. And as I read her description of this excerpt from the Jesus Storybook Bible, my heart was also pierced.
I want to share a piece of her writing with you today. As you read these words, please focus on the great love that Jesus displayed when he willingly went to the cross for us. This great love is unparalleled and my mind sometimes cannot even fathom it. Today, I leave you with this description...the words are breathtaking. May you rest in Jesus' love today and may you live in it each day this week as we approach Easter.
They nailed Jesus to the cross.
"Father, forgive them," Jesus gasped. "They don't understand what they are doing."
"You say you have come to rescue us!" people shouted, "But you can't even rescue yourself!"
But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side - if he'd called.
"If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!" they said.
And of course they were right. Jesus could have just climbed down. Actually, he could have just said a word and made it all stop. Like when he healed the little girl. And stilled the storm. And fed 5000 people.
But Jesus stayed.
You see, they didn't understand. It wasn't the nails that kept Jesus there.
It was love.