A Love Story

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

What would you do for love?

Mama and I sat shoulder touching shoulder on purple plastic chairs awaiting her diagnosis. Her longtime doctor wept as she delivered the news: Stage IV colon cancer. I gasped from a place deep within my soul, but Mama sat silently and looked straight ahead, protecting her innermost thoughts…and fears.

On the way home, she remained quiet and so did I, even though my mind was racing like a Nascar on an endless course. We pulled into her driveway, all the way up to the closed garage door, as usual. But, there was nothing usual about it.

Not one thing.

We lingered in our car seats a little longer, knowing life had shifted. She would…we would…never be the same. I turned to her and whispered, “Mama, I am so sorry,” as I grabbed both of her hands in mine. “I would take the cancer in your place if I could. Oh, how I wish I could.”

Yes, I loved her that much.

Human love says “I love you and wish that I could.”

God’s Love says “I love you and it’s already done.”

“Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.  After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.” Matthew 27:27-31 NIV

Soak in that scene, friend.

Don’t look away.

Stripped, his clothes replaced with a scarlet robe. Ugly words we can’t even imagine. A twisted crown of thorns on his head, digging deeper into his skull as the soldiers pounded it “again and again.”

Spit upon. Laughed at and mocked. Hated and despised.

And, all this happened before He was nailed to a cross.

Oh dear God.

This should have been me.

This should have been us.

But, Love…

Love took our place.

Love took the sins of all mankind on that cross, once and for all.

A-L-L.

For every single soul.

Yet, that’s not the end of this Love Story.

Not even close.

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:1-6a NIV

He has risen, just as he said.

Love defeated death and replaced it with forever life.

Forever and ever life, y’all!

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 NIV

Easter is around the corner.

Do you know Jesus, dear one?

He knows you.

He loves you so.

He’s waiting for you with arms wide open.

You don’t need a fancy Easter outfit or a perfect life.

Come as you are.

So lay down your burdens, lay down your shame

All who are broken, lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home, you’re not too far

So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart, come as you are.

(Come As You Are/David Crowder–take a listen to this beautiful song right here.)

 

May His Love Story be our love story.

Hallelujah!

Easter blessings to you and yours, beloved. XO

Spread your joy,

tina

8 Comments

  1. It’s painfully beautiful to think of Jesus loving us so much to take the death we deserved. And so wonderful that his death was not the end of the story, it the beginning of our new one! Thank you for this moving reminder.

    1. I love your words, Sue…”painfully beautiful”…so true, so humbling…sooo much LOVE!! Thanks for sharing, sister…hugs and Easter blessings! XO

  2. As always, I love this! The love Jesus has for us is so beyond our comprehension! My heart overflows with love and thankfulness that I am His!

    1. Me too, Sherri! Oh what LOVE…Hallelujah!!! Easter blessings and much love to you, friend. XO

    1. A-men, Pam! 🙂 What peace and comfort we have in His LOVE FOREVER LOVE. Thinking of you on Easter and always with much cousin love! XO

  3. Preach had a wonderful sermon last night of all the shame Jesus had to bear for us before taking our sins to the cross. And he bore it all quietly. Such a meaningful time of year for all Christians who truly believe.
    Have a joyous Easter

    1. “And, he bore it all quietly.” Oh, what Love. Oh, what a Savior! Easter joy to you and yours, cousin. Love you! XO

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