Bonhoeffer once said, "Death is hell and night and cold, if it is not transformed by our faith. But that is just what is so marvelous, that we can transform death."
Guys, it's not just death that is hell and night and cold. Life is hell, night, and cold unless we let Christ transform us.
I am beginning to see the complete depravity of humans. We are wicked people. In us there is no good. Apart from Christ there is nothing good in me.
But with Christ!
In Him! In His death and resurrection, in communion with the Creator of the Universe, there is life! And life abundant!
If you ever read a book about writing you will commonly see a rule that says something along the lines of you can only use one exclamation point per 300 pages. Literary folk aren't huge fans of over the top usage of exclamation points. I just used four in four sentences.
I didn't have a choice though. Christ has saved me from death! He has taken me from the reality of hell and given me love. He traded my guilt and shame for purity and glory, He took my sin upon Himself and justified me. He took my sins upon Himself! He took my sin.
He took my punishment, the reality I would have had to endure, He endured, for the joy set before Him.
The joy set before Him was you and me!
You are the joy that sent Him to the cross scorning it's shame! I am that joy!
I have just been overcome with gratitude. So many times in my life I have overlooked exactly what Christ did on that cross.
Jesus forgive me for ever belittling Your sacrifice. Jesus show me what You have fully done for me. Reveal more of Your burning passion for me. Break my heart God.
Break my heart.
I want to live and die for you.
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Jesus I love You, let me love You more.