Jesus loved us so much that He willingly shed His perfect blood, bowed His royal head, and breathed His last so that you and I could be saved; that is Amazing Love!
When we choose to buy a stock or invest in a business proposition, we do our due diligence to investigate the company, the principals, the risk, and the potential return. If everything seems promising we reluctantly lay out our investment.
In contrast, Jesus’ death for sinful me is baffling!
God gave His ONLY begotten Son. He put Him through the humiliation of becoming a man and the most shameful death. All in the hope that some of them ... “whoever believes” ... would not perish but would live with God forever.
As a Christian I am ever grateful for this precious gift but I don’t get it. According to Luke 17:10, even if we served Him perfectly from now to eternity we would be unprofitable servants. Why would God make such an investment when He knew we would be unprofitable?
Apparently this whole venture was never about what God would gain; it was always about our need. In reality it was about sacrifice not investment.
Romans 5:8 tells us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. We were His enemies and He laid down His life even before we had the sense to seek His help. He saw our greatest need; He knew the only way was if He moved toward us. He thought nothing of His honor and majesty! He alighted from His throne to pay the price for people who thumbed their noses at Him.
Why would God endure so much for the undeserving? Apparently it was never about what we could do or how we would perform.
Why then this exorbitance when it is undeserved, and the initial investment so costly?
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2, Christ endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.
What might that joy have been?
It is reminiscent of an Old Testament story in which Jacob labored seven years for Rachel’s hand in marriage because he loved her so dearly. When he was defrauded and didn’t get her, he negotiated to work another seven years to get her the second time. We are told in the account in Genesis 29 that “they seemed but a few days, for the love he had for her.” You see, Rachel was the joy set before Jacob! Get it? This whole transaction makes no sense, except for you and me and the prodigious love our Savior has for us.
Though serious reflection always brings me to tears, Jesus’ love makes me want to walk a little taller!
You and I may not be much to anyone else, but we are of infinite worth to the lover of our souls, and therefore we are of infinite worth!
Makes you want to strut doesn’t it? God ahead ... bask! He loves you so amazingly!
Siyan Fayiga is a guest columnist of the Waxahachie Daily Light. She lived in Waxahachie for 14 years. She currently resides in Frisco, Texas, with her husband of over 20 years, and their three teenagers. Siyan has owned a business in Waxahachie for 11 years, and her husband has practiced medicine in Ellis County for almost 20 years. Siyan is a Bible teacher and speaker. Her greatest passion is knowing God more intimately, and helping people find The Way through His word. Siyan welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.