For You

Think of the greatest, kindest thing someone has ever done for you. Think back to that moment when you really felt valued, when someone really gave up their energy, or time, or comfort, or resource for your sake.  They did it gladly and willingly because they loved you and it filled you with gratitude. But whatever your favourite person in the world has done for you, God, your Maker, has done inconceivable more.

The truth is what Jesus did for you was an act of immeasurable grace. Though He is God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, Jesus came into this world, His creation, as a humble servant (Philippians 2:7) to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  He came to save the very ones who sinned against Him (Jeremiah 33:8).  He did this for you willingly (Mark 10:45). He loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

But as for you, you were an enemy of God (Romans 5:10), you did not seek after Him (Romans 3:11). His word was offensive to you (Jeremiah 6:10), your supposed good deeds were useless, as though filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).  Perhaps worst of all, you could not even realise any of this, because you were dead in your transgressions (Ephesians 2:1).

But then Jesus came for you.  He shared in your humanity (Hebrews 2:14).  Though He never sinned, He was tempted just like you are (Hebrews 4:15). He shared in your daily pains, He felt tired (John 4:6), He thirsted (John 4:7), He wept (John 11:35). He took up your sins on Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21), He was pierced for you (Isaiah 53:5) and He covered you with His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).  And so the veil has been torn (Matthew 27:51) and you can now have access to God (John 14:6). Jesus has given you the right to be a child of God (John 1:12).  Jesus always intercedes for you (Hebrews 7:25).  God has promised you are in His hands (John 10:28) and you shall never perish (John 3:16).  You are now waiting for the city that is to come (Hebrews 13:14) and you will one day see His glorious face (Revelation 22:4).

Jesus died for us collectively but He also died for us individually. When Jesus was on the cross, you were on his mind.  Your name was written on his heart.  He died for you specifically.  About 2,000 years before you were born, Jesus gave his life up for you but even more than that, He had planned to do it from eternity past.  You were on His mind before He created the universe (Ephesians 1:4)!

What an incomprehensible love!