“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
Last time, we discussed the reality that no guilt remains for those in Christ. He saved us–people who denied Him, who despised Him, who tried to destroy Him. And by surrendering our lives to Him, we can be freed from guilt, from sin, and from death. So, what can my response be to this great gift? Only praise. There is nothing left. I no longer will wallow in sin, in guilt, or in death. Instead, I will live a life of worship.
I will not boast in anything–
No gift, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom.
That is my only response to His great love. I will not remain in my sin. I will not cling to my guilt. Instead, knowing that He paid a great price, a price that no one else could completely pay, I leave everything that is mine at the foot of the Cross and run unhindered to His empty Tomb. I find Him standing outside, arms opened wide. I run to Him, and He takes me in His arms. He gives me His life, and I give Him mine. It’s that simple. He accepts my life that leads to death, conquers death, and gives me His life. Because of this, I will only live a life of praise. Sure, I mess up, but in the face of His great love… I try my best, and He gives me His righteousness. Without Him, I’m unable to do anything. With Him, I live a life of praise, choosing (in His strength) to love the One Who loved me first.