Do You Think About That Day?
March 25, 2013
A few weeks ago, I asked the Lord, “Do you think about that day, the crucifixion?” After all Jesus was betrayed, falsely accused, arrested, abandoned, tried, brutally beaten, mocked, humiliated and if that wasn’t enough, then crucified on the cross. Perhaps the events of that day are something that Jesus Christ would rather not think about, choosing to move on to more pleasant things in the Spirit.
As I meditated my question to the Lord, Holy Spirit led me to Luke 22-23, which begins with the approaching Passover feast and concludes with the burial of Jesus.
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people. And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them… Luke 22:71 -Luke 23:1-56
I carefully read these verses in a totally new way. Now, I was reading as Jesus was thinking about “that” day. The very next morning, Holy Spirit led me to the same scriptures just as He did the morning before. As I read them again, I began to understand that Jesus continually thinks of that day as He looks at each one of His us. He looks at us through His sacrifice of “that” day when His love for all mankind was on full display for all mankind.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” JN 15:13
I have known many Christians who truly don’t believe that Jesus really loves them, not to mention the backsliders and unbelievers who do not think Jesus will forgive them of their sins. In order to have a healthy Christian walk, it is vital to accept Jesus’ unconditional love for ourselves. He has made us worthy to receive forgiveness and we are accepted in Him by His work on the cross. His love for us must become an eternal “absolute” in our lives. We are to look at His act of love not our own life failures. He wants you to know that you are the focus of all His thoughts and His greatest desire is that you will receive His act of devine love and accept Him as your Lord and savior. Eph 1:3-5 states that before the foundation of the world Christ predestined us to be made holy by His unselfish act of love for each one of us and that our sins are forgiven.
That day, when His love was on full display for all eternity, even before you were ever born. God had provided the perfect sacrifice for you by a selfless act of love. Jesus laid down His life willingly because that was His purpose before the foundation of the world was ever created.
Jesus thinks of that day continually as He watches over each one of you. Every moment of His day is devoted to thoughts of His plan for your life. I believe it is impossible for Jesus Christ to look at any one of us without thinking of that day. My question is. “If Jesus Christ thinks of that day continually, How often do you think of that day?”
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. JN 10:11
even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. JN 10:15
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:6-8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.1 JN 4:8-11