They say “Pictures Say A Thousand Words.” How true. What about this one?
Price of Love
This picture, from www.kenduncan.com, reminds me the PRICE that Jesus paid for me–an often mocking, selfish, deceitful, spoiled, lazy and un-heavenly minded punk. Whoa. What suffering! What sacrifice! What pain! What… love. WHOA!
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this–while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Some Christians in the Calvinist persuasion say that Christ died only for the Elect–those who are chosen by God and who trust in Him for salvation. I am convinced that Jesus died for the “whole world;” remember John 3:16? His death was for every human being that ever lived! Jesus paid IT ALL… ON BEHALF OF all.
However, it’s a horrifying fact that most people reject His offer of total forgiveness and atonement of ALL their sins. Therefore, although Christ died for the whole world–offering this incredible gift of salvation to all humans–the effects of His death (which is atonement, salvation, justification) are reserved for only those who trust in Him.
Yep. Salvation is pretty darn exclusive. Jesus said it was that way when He told His followers: “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father (gets to heaven) except through me.” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way to heaven. Believe in Him!
How about you?
What does this picture evoke within you?