Words from the Heart for Monday March 13th, 2017
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
Christ Died for Us
We can do nothing to deserve or earn the amazing love of our God. Christ died for us even though we had done nothing special. Rather, because of His love, Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Stop and thank Him for His wonderful love.
Canada’s military took heavy losses during the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941. There were 1,975 Canadian soldiers in Hong Kong when the Japanese attacked this British enclave in Asia. The Canadians were from two battalions – the Royal Rifles and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. The Japanese attacked with a force three times the size of the combined British and Canadian forces and the territory was surrendered on Christmas Day. During the battle, 290 Canadians were killed and 493 were wounded. The rest were taken prisoner and subjected to years of labour in filthy, unsanitary camps. The POWs were detained in Hong Kong until 1943 when they were relocated to northern Japan. The conditions were so bad that one in five did not survive until liberation at the end of the war in 1945.
One of my favourite people in the Bible is Barabbas. Why Barabbas? Because of his name. Barabbas comes from two Hebrew words – Bar which means “son of” and Abba which means “daddy”. Barabbas’ name means “son of a daddy.” In other words, he is every man and every woman. We are all sons and daughters of a human father. Without exception. And Jesus died in his place. The cross that was made for Barabbas was instead used by Jesus, the Son of THE Father. Paul describes it perfectly in Romans 5:8, one of the most loved and memorized verses in the Bible: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Barabbas was a sinner. It was obvious. He had been sentenced to death by a court of law. We may not have broken any human law, not even a speeding or parking ticket, but the Bible says that we are all sinners. We have all broken God’s law. We have all fallen short of God’s demand that we be perfect as He is perfect. We are all Barabbas. But just as Jesus took Barabbas’ place on that Jerusalem cross, so He has taken the punishment that justice demands of us. It is proof of God’s incredible love for Barabbas. And for you and me as well. Have you accepted His great gift of forgiveness and new life that He offers you?
These have been words from the heart.