The Full Extent of His Love!

Quite a few years ago I read the supernatural thriller Thr3e, which was an amazing book for those who like that kind of novel. It was made into a movie, but to make it theater length they cut out so much of the meat in the middle that it was a disappointment. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been if it hadn’t had so much cut out.

For those who are New England Patriot Fans, Super Bowl 51 was a great Super Bowl. If you just watched the end, or if you turned it off when the Patriots were losing 28-3, you missed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, as well as one of the greatest catches ever.

Christmas and Easter are the two biggest dates in the Christian calendar. The next one would probably be Palm Sunday, and then for some it might be Ash Wednesday (at least for Catholics). But what about Good Friday (Thursday for some)? Most businesses don’t even acknowledge it anymore.

For us as Christians, if we move from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday without Good Friday, we miss so much of the story. It’s like going from a small appetizer to dessert. We miss the meat.

And being honest, Good Friday is a harder day if we recognize it for what it is. Yet without understanding it we miss out on understanding…

the full extent of His love!

As we look into this day (today I chose to look at it thorough reading John 18-19), we see just how much Jesus endured because He loves us. He was slapped, beaten, flogged (much worse than a whipping), mocked, jeered, and then crucified. He went through this even though He did nothing wrong.

The full extent of His love!

Today, as well as many Good Friday’s since 2004, I have watched The Passion of the Christ. It is not a “fun” movie to watch. In fact it is a very hard movie to watch. I remember going to see it when it first came out. I went with one of our youth leaders, and we went with Twizzlers (a group favorite), and got popcorn and drinks for the “show.”

Within 5 minutes of the movie starting, there was no eating or drinking. Throughout the movie, while fighting back tears, I just remember saying over and over, “I’m so sorry.”

The full extent of His love!

He did that for me. He went through that for me. I have heard it said that it was actually Mel Gibson who’s hands were seen when Jesus’ hands were nailed to the cross in the movie.

Romans 5:6-8 states,

“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 (emphasis mine).”

Rom. 5:6-8 NV

Jesus bore my sins (and yours) on the cross. Everything He endured from the Last Supper to His burial was because He loves us. We see the full extent of His love by seeing just how much he went through.

The full extent of His love!

Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is a wonderful day to rejoice as Jesus proves that He is who He said He was. He conquered sin and death that weekend, and paid the price for our sins. But we want to remember the cost. The full payment that was made came from Jesus’ willingness to endure great pain and suffering.

He has set the examples what Christian love is all about. It is love that will suffer and sacrifice for others.

Lord, thank You for Your great love. Thank you for the cross. For the sacrifice you made so that my sins could be forgiven. Help me to not only remember that love, but to love You back in a way that recognizes Your great love for me. And help me to love others in a similar way, that You might be seen in me. In Your name Jesus, and for Your glory…

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