Jesus died on the Cross and rose again in three days.
I could easily end this post now, right here, without writing another word. That’s how amazing, awesome, and powerful love is. Death had no power over love. The grave couldn’t keep love buried in a tomb. Sin was defeated by love.
I Corinthians 13 says love never fails.
I’ve spent most of my adult Christian life believing there were things I needed to do in order to please God. I kept trying to be good, and when I failed, I would feel guilty, as if I wasn’t good enough for God.
That type of thinking comes straight from the pit of Hell.
Yup, you read correctly. Most everything we’ve been taught about God, especially how He views us, is not even close to the truth I’ve been finding in the Bible.
Any feelings of guilt, condemnation, or failure are from Satan, not God. (Rom 8:1) When we are born again, old things are gone, all things have become new. (2 Cor 5:17) We are one with Christ, and the Kingdom of God has been established inside of us. (Luke 17:21) If there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, and the Kingdom of God is now inside of us, how could anything resembling guilt remain?
Those thoughts, feelings, and emotions must be coming at us from the outside. That is, the enemy whispering lies into our ears.
I’m done living my life as if the old is still there. It’s not. ALL things are new. Not just some. ALL. When Jesus died on the Cross, sin was forever crushed, demolished, annihilated, destroyed, etc. Why do we continue to fight sin? We keep thinking we’re nothing more than sinners who can’t get it right. It’s all about renewing our minds. (Romans 12:2) We are created in the very image of God Himself. Jesus paid a price to reconcile us back to the Father. We can now go boldly before the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16) We don’t have to live in the shame and regret of the past. When we are truly born again, all of that is gone.
And it all began with love.
It would be humanly impossible for anyone to survive the beating Jesus took at the hands of the Roman soldiers. Impossible.
The Bible says in Isaiah 52:14 that Jesus was marred more than any man. Ever. In other words, He was beaten beyond recognition. He didn’t even resemble the man they all knew. If we were to ask anyone in the medical profession, I guarantee they would agree that no one could survive such an atrocity. I’m no doctor, but I would assume the loss of blood alone should have killed Him. Yet, He was still alive when they hammered the nails into His hands and feet and dropped the Cross into a hole.
Jesus is love. Everything He did, while walking the Earth, was birthed from the motivation of selfless love. He didn’t try to love others. He didn’t have to muster up the desire to help someone. He didn’t have to mentally wage war within Himself to heal people who didn’t deserve it. Those acts were just a normal way of life.
Jesus modeled the Christian life that we are all supposed to be living out every day.
You can’t kill love.