The apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians says,

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Let us look at the actors and providers of this salvation. Is it us? No. They are Grace, Faith and God, not us, lest anyone should boast.

Beloved child of God, our Father paid the ultimate price by sacrificing His Son, Jesus, for us. A Holy God, came down as a Holy man. For,

“He knew no sin.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“He did no sin.” 1 Peter 2:22

“In Him was no sin.”
1 John 3:5

“And God the Father made Him to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

As the prophet Isaiah says,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Jesus carried it all FOR US on the cross to make us right with God. Was it for Himself? No. It was for us.

Imagine being asked to do something that you did not like, or was against your nature. Hurts does it not? How great therefore the pain Jesus must have felt when He bore our sins, to become the very antithesis of His nature, rejected by God at the point of this divine transaction. How great this pain, beyond all the beatings and scourging that He had already bore at the hands of us sinners before He made this divine exchange of sin for righteousness for us.

If we were asked to suffer for ourselves, some of us might think it worthwhile and be willing. But how many of us would do that for others? And to top it all off, the very people who rejected us? Now we are just beginning to fathom the extent of God’s love for us.

Yes, beloved child of God, Jesus loves us with a love that is deep beyond measure. He has paid the price and purchased our salvation for us. Let us honor His gift and remember His love.

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