Scripture tells us, Baptized believers are those who are “In Christ,” and when we are “In Christ,” God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit work in and through us. Christ told us if we love Him, we will keep his commandments, and he gives us a New Commandment. ‘That we love others as He loved us.’

Christ surely knew when he bore our sins in death; He would temporarily be separated from his Father. I imagine that to Christ; separation would be worse than all the torture and death itself; no wonder he was sweating blood. However, Christ went through with His Father’s plan that you and I might have eternal life with God.

Christ allowed himself to be sacrificed on the cross out of love for his Father and us. He prayed not mine, but your will, be done! The emptiness and pain Christ must’ve felt when He cried out, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani,” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

As the Hymn says: I gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou giv’n for Me?

I look forward each day to my time in prayer, often thanking God for all the blessings both seen and unseen, and yes, even for the hardships that help us learn to be better we’s.

I look forward to each 1st day of the week when we take time to gather in worship and, by doing so, express our love and gratitude for God’s love. Each week, I look forward to communing with my fellow Christians as we reflect on the Cross and partake the bread and fruit of the vine representing the body and blood of Christ shed, that we might live. We find eternal life in heaven, In Christ!

God First!

Related Scriptures:

Galatians 3:23-29, Philippians 2:13, John 13:34–35, John 17:23, 2nd Corinthians 13:5, Romans 8:10-11, Galatians 5:22-26, Acts 2:38, John 1:1, Matthew 27:46, Acts 20:7, Luke 22:17-20