“My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son!” —2 Samuel 19:1
Absalom started a civil war and tried to kill his father, David. When Absalom was killed in battle, David was not relieved or happy. He wished that he would have died instead of Absalom. Who wants to die in place of his enemies?
Jesus loves us, His enemies, for we all are sinners, and sinners are enemies of God. Jesus loves His enemies so much that He does not want us to get the wages of our sins, that is, death (Rm 6:23). He desired that He get the wages of our sins. So, on the cross, He sacrificially took our place and died.
After being loved by Jesus even to His death on the cross in our place, we can be sure that there is nothing good that Jesus will not do for us (see Rm 8:32). His love is such that He lives in us and wants us to live in Him (see 1 Jn 4:16). He heals, frees, and saves us. He will even raise us from the dead to live with Him in perfect happiness forever (see 2 Cor 4:14). Because of His unconditional love for us, His enemies, He will love us infinitely and perfectly — even if we do not choose to repent and thereby remain His enemies. He will love us even if we choose to go to hell and never accept His love. “His steadfast love endures forever” (Ps 136:1ff, JB). Because Jesus was your substitute in death, live in peace, security, freedom, and love.
Prayer: Father, I will not reject Your love. I will love You, Who are Love.
Promise: “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust.” —Mk 5:36
Praise: Ralph devoted his fatherhood to displaying the heavenly Father’s tender love to each of his children (see Hos 11:4).
Reference: (Our retreat, Who am I in Christ, will be held in the Cincinnati area Feb. 18-19. Knowing who Jesus is will allow us to know ourselves. To be disciples of Jesus, we must love Jesus more than we love anyone else (Mt 10:37). Register to attend; call (513) 373-2397 or (937) 587-5464 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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