GRACE.

“..grace teaches us about the terrible price that was paid for our salvation.  Those three simple words are so unfathomable in their depth: “He gave himself.”  Some, motivated by kindness, might give a gift, or even a fortune, but he gave himself.  He gave himself to the human race.  He gave himself to a motley band of followers who would deny him in his hour of need, he gave himself to Satan’s hour, he gave his cheek to those who tore out the beard, he didn’t hide his face from spitting.  he gave himself to the full wrath of God, though he was appalled in Gethsemane, though he shuddered at the shocking revelation of the bitterness of the cup.  He sweated, as it were, great drops of blood, pleading with his Father that if it was possible it might be taken from him.  yet he prevailed, determined to save us, and for the joy set before him endured the cross, despite the shame.  He became the centre of mocking and shame from men and demons.  He gave himself to the sheer fury of a holy God who hates sin with a perfect loathing, and fierce anger.  The Son of God loved me and gave himself for me.”

 

-terry virgo, “God’s Lavish Grace”

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