When I was young I had an incessantly curious mind and a rather stubborn will. Whenever my parents asked me to do anything I’d respond by asking, “Why?” It didn’t matter what I was being asked to do, I always wanted to know why. As I’ve matured I’ve learned to be slightly more compliant, but when I’m asked to do things, I still like to know why. Why we do things matters.
This week our focus is on the cross, and though we could spend time reflecting on how Jesus died, or when Jesus died, or even where Jesus died, perhaps the question that matters most is “Why did Jesus die?”
tells us, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.”
1 John 3:16
adds, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
The Bible tells us that Jesus died because God loved mankind so much that he was unwilling to spend eternity apart from us. God created this entire world for the primary purpose of having a relationship with people. Our sin and rebellion made that relationship impossible, so God came to us in the person of Jesus Christ to bring us back. Jesus died for us because he loves us and wants a relationship with us.
As you prepare for this week, take time to reflect on how much God must love you for him to die for you. Reflect on how important his relationship with you must be in order for him to pay such a high price for you. And as you reflect on how much God loves you and his willingness to give his life for you, remember what Paul says in Romans 8:32: “If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?”
As you go throughout your day, let the reality of God’s love for you and desire to have an intimate relationship with you be the grounding thought in your mind!
When you wake up in the morning – reflect on God’s love for you and desire to be with you.
When you are driving to work – reflect on God’s love for you and desire to be with you.
When you eat your meals – reflect on God’s love for you and desire to be with you.
When temptation hits – reflect on God’s love for you and desire to be with you.
When discouragement sets in – reflect on God’s love for you and desire to be with you.
When you go to bed at night – reflect on God’s love for you and desire to be with you.
This is a special time of the year. Historically speaking, it was around this time when Jesus laid down his life for the forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of the world. This week, let’s remember not only that he died for us, let’s remember why he died for us!