“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16
Jesus died on the cross for me. I have heard that so many times that I gloss over it every time I read or hear it. But I recently heard a sermon by Andrew Hebert, and he said that just as much as any lost person that you know, you need the gospel.
So many times, I forget that I’m in need of a Savior. I see others and think that they need one, but I fail to see myself and how I need one. I’m so quick to point a judgmental finger that I forget about me.
I’ve been reading in Isaiah and recently read chapter 53—the prophecy about Jesus dying for us. Verse 3 says, “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him. He was despised and we did not esteem Him.” That was me. You. All of us. We put Him there on that cross.
Verses 5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Jesus took our pain on Him. I know you’ve probably heard it a million times, but HE LOVES YOU. He DIED for YOU. Even after you and I are saved, we still make mistakes. We NEED Him.
He saved us from the prison of sin. Not only that, but He loves us as well—mistakes and all. Let’s take some time to thank Him.