My dear readers, apologies for not posting in awhile. I went on an unexpected trip to Indonesia a few weeks ago and needed time to recuperate after returning. I've also been working on something that will "help followers of Jesus fulfill their priestly ministry" (i.e. help you pray) and that's been keeping me from writing. (I talked a little bit about some relevant questions in my post "Can computers pray?
Since this is Holy Week, I wanted to share a post from Desiring God I found helpful: Every Calvary Step was Love
. It highlights Jesus' freedom and intentionality in going to the cross to die for his people and after reading it, my heart was warmed with worship because there is no other explanation for what Christ has done than his own steadfast love and faithfulness towards us.
May you be filled with Christ's love this week and always!
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-11)