All For A Greater Purpose
A dear friend told me I should share, so here it goes.
Corbin and I read about the crucifixion the other day as part of our reading lesson and reminded of how good and gracious God is to die as he did…to take our sins. He could have saved himself, but he wanted to save US. Reading aloud how judgmental, crude, stubborn and so vicious the high priests, guards and crowds were made me choke up as I read aloud. I can see why at Mount Olives Jesus prayed so hard and cried like blood. He needed the support of God and the strength given by the angels to help him finish what was started. It reminds me of when I was in labor with Benjamin (in a way) and how I was envisioning in my head how wonderful it would be to hold him in my arms very soon. All the pain and agony of birth would all be worth it. In my own way I had a glance at the future knowing it was all for good. With Corbin, my first born, I was inexperienced, scared and clumsy. I didn’t know what to look forward to and that made me anxious and scared which made labor harder to endure. Jesus knew that all the events to his death were all for a greater purpose and was able to continue his good works so that we could live.
God is good! I’m so thankful for his renewed grace each day because I am a selfish sinner in need of a savior.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a]and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him.12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[d] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[e] who is at the Father’s side,[f] he has made him known.