I did something revolutionary tonight: I had the night to myself and it was all I could do to get the kids to bed for 7pm before I crashed immediately after… only I didn’t. I laid in bed and thoughts rolled in my head taking off from the book of Exodus, and other biblical books.
I don’t know about you but I struggle to fully understand exactly what took place when Jesus died on the cross. I mean, you look at Exodus and there are SO many rules and regulations about sacrifices and clothing and acacia wood, no yeast and so on. It is completely mind blowing when the law begins to describe all the scenarios in which a sacrifice would be necessary. How on Earth did they do it back then? The guilt offering alone would leave me broke and then in the negatives just being a mom!
And then Jesus came; the perfect sacrifice who lived the perfect pure life out of love for you and me. No longer were all the other sacrifices needed. He fulfilled the law perfectly and took each of the sins of the world (past, present and future) and laid them on himself, crying out “Father, why have you forsaken me?” so that we wouldn’t have to on the day of Judgment; crying out “It is finished!” and just like that, the exchange was made; his life for ours. He became a curse and gave those who believe on his name righteousness in the Father’s eyes. AMAZING!
I think about things like these sometimes. For example, tonight I also thought about the promise of new spiritual bodies after we die, like Jesus, and living in a place with no pain, suffering, sickness or death. I can only imagine how wonderful that will be.
Tonight I felt convicted to treat others with a special kind of love; an agape love. I became aware that the wrong things I have done to people or thought or said were transferred to Jesus and his suffering on the cross so I could be given righteousness in asking for His forgiveness. And it motivates me to want to live better, to REALLY love others and myself and most importantly to love God with all my heart, my mind, my strength and my soul. It’s also so helpful to know that Jesus understands exactly how I feel when someone hurts me because in actuality, they did it to Him on the cross, so I can forgive because he did and not be offended or resentful. God chooses to love every time and I want to be the same way.