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Amazing Love

“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.”
-Matthew 27:42

In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!”
-Mark 15:31

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”
-Luke 23:35

thank You for saving me

This Easter, those verses struck me in a new way. I’ve read them and heard them countless times, but this year they stood out. 

“He saved others…”

That in itself is amazing. Jesus, in His three short years of ministry, saved the blind, deaf, lame, social outcasts, DEAD, and so on. He performed so many miracles…and was then crucified by people who watched Him do those miracles. Even in His death, people admitted that the man they were crucifying had saved others.

“…but He can’t save Himself.”

This is the part that got to me. I suppose Jesus would have been a ‘good public figure’ to admire since He had saved others, even if He couldn’t save Himself.

But get this: Jesus COULD have saved Himself. 

Jesus is God.

He could have saved Himself in a heartbeat. 

He could have decided that the pain was too much to bear, the taunts were too humiliating to handle, the people were too wretched to save. 

The “cup” could have been taken away from Him. 

God the Father could have decided that mankind didn’t deserve a Savior, even though we desperately needed one. 

He would have been perfectly justified in giving each of us the punishment we’ve earned and deserve: death.

But God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but shall have everlasting life.
-John 3:16

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
-Hebrews 12:2

The Son of God could have saved Himself…yet chose to endure the cross to save me instead.

God the Father could have spared His Son…yet chose to spare me instead.

Amazing love

How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

thank You for the cross, Lord

God’s grace in my life today:

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Charles Wesley

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