All To Him I Owe

Holy week is a reminder to me of the great sacrifice Christ made and I am in awe of God’s love for me. I find myself disappointed that I sometimes forget the amount of pain and suffering He endured on the cross. He was a perfect, blameless, spotless Lamb. He did absolutely nothing to deserve being spit upon, mocked, to receive the horrendous beating, the lashes that tore his flesh, the piercing in his side, the nails hammered in his hands & feet, the thorns thrust upon his head. He bore my griefs, He carried my sorrows, He was pierced for my transgressions, He was crushed for my iniquities. By his wounds, I am healed (Isaiah 53:4-5). My debt was nailed with him to the cross. He came to be crucified for ME! He died for ME to glorify the Father.  

As I think about Good Friday, I think about Mary too. As a mother who has lost a son, I can’t even imagine the pain, thoughts, and emotions that Mary felt. To watch her son be crucified is unimaginable. Easter is a time that I especially find myself sharing this with others because it opens up the opportunity to tell others about Christ’s love for me, His unexplainable mercy, His sovereign grace, His immeasurable kindness, and His unwavering faithfulness. To share that Christ arose from the dead, He defeated death, that He is alive and has prepared a place for his people to spend eternity with Him is the greatest news of all.  
On my arm is tattooed “All to Him I owe,” this is my constant reminder that Jesus paid it all and that I owe Him everything. I encourage you to pause this week and reflect on all that Christ has done for you and be grateful for His undeserved kindness and unconditional love.

I like this encouragement that I read in a post from Desiring God. On Maundy Thursday, Jesus was betrayed for God and His glory. On Good Friday, Jesus was crucified for God. On Easter Sunday, Jesus was raised for God. And in all of it, you were saved by Jesus for God. Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity. 
It is the final week of our Lord’s life, His betrayal, His trials, His crucifixion, and His triumphant resurrection. How can you make the most of this week?  

I am praying Ephesians 3:16-19 over you today.
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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