Ephesians 2:4-5 — 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) [NLT]
God loved you long before you ever knew Him, and it was His great love that fueled His rich mercy toward you. When you were at your absolute worst—dead in sin and deserving of death—God gave you His very best, Jesus Christ. You did absolutely nothing to merit such a sacrifice, but the Father thinks you are worth every drop of blood His Son shed.
You may not feel as if God got a very good deal in trading Christ’s life for yours, but the truth is you are very valuable to Him. In fact, Jesus esteemed you so highly He willingly gave up the privileges of deity to suffer the horrific death meant for you.
My wife Heidi and I have two sons, and I wouldn’t exchange either of their lives for a godly person, let alone a world of unruly people. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not God. He saw Jesus’s name on the price tag of your life, and He didn’t hesitate to buy. How awesome!
Philippians 2:7 — When the time came, Jesus set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! [MSG]
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