“All the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children”.
After Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed by Judas, abandoned by His disciples and denied by Peter.
Then He was brought before Herod to be judged. Herod sent Him to Pilot, but Pilot couldn’t find a reason for a death penalty.
It came down to the people and the people demanded that Jesus be crucified and the murderer, Barabas, be released to them.
Unfair, unjust, unreasonable are just three words that come to mind. He did nothing to deserve a penalty of death.
The crowd shouted: “His blood be on us and on our children.”
He must have stood there marveling as He heard the crowd cry out for His death, knowing that He was going to bear their judgment physically, spiritually….literally.
Now their cry has become mine: “His blood be on us and on our children”, not the blood of judgment but the blood of forgiveness.
While Jesus was on the cross, He drank deep from the cup of God’s fury against our sin so that you and I could drink deep of the cup of forgiveness. He took our judgment so we could be pardoned for all eternity.
Now their cry has become mine: “His blood be on us and on our children”, not the blood of judgment but the blood of His amazing love and forgiveness.
If you don’t know how much Jesus loves you, look at the cross – the proof lies lifeless there.
There came a man who walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that.
He came to the earth He created for one purpose: to perfect love. The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless as much as it means complete. Completed completeness. This love that bled when the lash tore open His back and wood of the cross dug into it, persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished”.
This love has been made completely complete. The debt of sin has been paid and the great chasm between God and man has been crossed.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 NIV
When fear rises up to dismantle my faith or weave it’s tentacles around my feet to trip me up, I must remember this fact: I have nothing to fear.
Christ took my punishment completely so that I could let His love complete me.
Are you letting His love complete you?
Are you letting His love in?
Today, Jesus is holding out His love to you and asking you to take it, make it yours and start living in the expansive truth of it today.
Not just any love – not your spouse’s love, your friend’s love, your boyfriend’s love or even your mom’s love.
When we look to humans to give us what we need, we find they are just like us- flawed and doing the best they can and in need of love themselves.
They will fail you and are not meant to fill you or fulfill you.
It is God’s love that can fill you, fulfill you, change you.
His unending, unchanging, un-quitting, transforming love.
The love you need today is God’s.
“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”
1 John 4:16-17 NLT
My friend, God has created you to have an amazing love life and you don’t need Valentine’s Day to celebrate it.
Because of Jesus, you are loved every day and through Him can love others every day.
“He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.” Psalm 18:34-35 NIV
My prayer for you today is that you would know His love as He pours His strength into you. That you would know His peace as you lean on Him. That you would rest in God’s grace as you walk by His guidance. That you would trust Him with the future and focus simply on the task before you. That you would be released from the restlessness within you as you receive a new determination to go forward in faith.
God will give you what you need right now to fight the battle before you.
You are stronger than you know because your strength comes from Jesus and His right hand sustains you.
Don’t give up, you are sustained and trained through the power of His love.
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:2-3 NIV
God’s divine power through Jesus has given you everything you need to live the life God made you for.
That doesn’t mean it will be easy.
If it was easy, you wouldn’t need God’s power to do it.
You will need Him.
You will need His power to keep going in spite of the obstacles, the setbacks, the failures, and the frustrations that you will face this year.