Sacrificial Love

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Confession: as shallow as this may sound, for a majority of my life, Easter weekend was more about finding the perfect Easter dress than rejoicing in the truth that Jesus died for me and conquered death.

Even now, clearly being SO much older and wiser, it’s hard not to let the excitement of a beautiful spring weekend with sister bonding, new sundresses, brunches, and the greatest Easter egg hunt you could ever imagine get in the way of taking time to reflect and rejoice in the powerful message found within the Easter week.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I probably sound like a broken record…every time a holiday rolls around I say something to the effect of, “Don’t let all the hustle and bustle distract you from what’s truly important…”

I think I say it so many times, because it’s so easy for me to get carried away in all of the festivities and neglect to take the time to seek out and experience God.  Not because I have to, but because I desperately want tosometimes it’s just hard for me to get my mind and my actions to connect with my heart’s desires. 

I don’t mean to sound like a Debbie Downer.  In my mind, it is a privilege and a gift to celebrate Easter weekend with dear family and friends and rejoice in the new life we now have because of Christ’s death and resurrection.  I fully intend to embrace that this weekend; I just need to be reminded to also celebrate it with Jesus.

So my hope and prayer is that I take some time to reflect on Jesus’ incredible sacrifice and thank Him for His unbelievable love.  There is nothing about the grace, freedom, and eternal life that Jesus came to offer us that we deserve.  We did absolutely nothing to earn it, but He did absolutely everything by sacrificing His life for ours to bring us to God.     

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 
Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) 

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.
Romans 3:23-25 (NLT)

Thank you Lord, for the cross.

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