To Ponder:

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8. “Do you love Me?” John 21:17. Does not Jesus in thus appealing to me, in effect say: “For you, I left the realms of glory, and the adoration of ten thousand times ten thousand holy ones! For you, I became incarnate, took on the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. For you, I obeyed the law, and wrought a perfect righteousness for your justification. For you, I endured the cross, and despised the shame. For you, I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to those who plucked off the hair. For you, I endured the crown of thorns, and gave My hands and My feet to be nailed to the tree. For you, I shed My blood, and laid down My life! I loved you with a love of pity and compassion–when you were dead in trespasses and sins! I opened your eyes, revealed to you your sinfulness and guilt, and awakened your cry for mercy. I sought you in your wanderings–and found you! I brought you up out of the horrible pit, and miry clay–and set your feet upon the rock. I have loved you with an everlasting love–and therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you! All this I have done for you–do you love Me? “We love Him, because He first loved us!” 1 John 4:19. (“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872)

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