Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Love Never Fails"

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS. 1Corinthians 13:4-8

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. John 13:1

Everything Jesus said and did paints the perfect picture for us of what the love of God looks like even up to and including the last words He spoke before returning to the Father. 

   So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 

"It is finished!" With His last breath He declared His love for us by declaring that our debt was paid. He had done what His love for us had brought Him here to do ...He poured out His soul unto death, was numbered with the trangressors, and bore the sins of many, making intercession for the trangressors. Isaiah 53:12 I don't know about you but for me I know that I find it very humbling to know that I was on His heart in His last moments. It says, that 'He loved us to the end' which means that it was His love for us that not only caused the need for His sacrifice but it was also what helped Him to endure all things ..."who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 His love for us ..... means we were the joy that was set before Him. We were the prize that was set before Him. We were the prize He had His gaze fixed upon. We we were the finish line He was aiming for. Paying the price ... being our Redeemer... was worth the cost of the cross because He loves us that much! And when He cried out, "It is finished!" It was with a heart that was full of His love for us! It was His declaration that His love for us was enough to get the job done! We need to remember that we are His beloved and that His love never fails ... it is always enough!

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercession; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. Isaiah 59:15-16

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