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Covenant of Love

Each of the Gospels relate different aspects of the night that Jesus was arrested and then placed on trial before the government and religious authorities. Each give an account of Jesus Christ’s journey to the Cross of Calvary. However, what none of them explain with simple language so that we don’t miss it, is that the Cross of Calvary was a covenant from God to us—a covenant that relates back to Abraham. (Genesis 17).

A covenant is different than a contract. In our world today, we often hear of legal battles because a contract was breached, or that a party to a contract wishes to renegotiate the terms. The terms of a covenant must be accepted or rejected in total. A party to the agreement, doesn’t get to bargain with the price.

God set the terms. Jesus Christ paid the terms. John 17 reminds us of Jesus’ commitment—His why– “And I revealed You to them and will keep on revealing You. I will do this so that Your love for me may be in them and I in them.” (John 17: 26)

Take the time to read Jesus’ prayer for you on that last night. He still intercedes today for us before the Throne of Grace. Contemplate what He was willing to do that day. His “why” was that we might be strong as He asked, “I’m not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They are not part of this world any more than I am. Make them pure and holy by teaching them Your words of truth. …then the world will know that You sent me and will understand that You love them as much as You love me.” (John 17:15-16, 23)

For that Jesus withstood

Mocking from the chief priests, Sanhedrin, and the guards: (John 18:22)

The took him and beat him;

Spit in His face;

Blindfolded Him;

Slapped Him;

Struck Him with their fists;

Herod and his soldiers (Luke 23:11)

Ridiculed and mocked Him;

Dressed Him in a robe to imitate His being a king;

Pilate’s soldiers

Stripped Him;

Flogged Him;

Smashed a crown of thorns on His head to ridicule the idea He is a king;

Bartered for His clothes;

Pierced His hands and feet;

 

Violence in our world today is so accepted, perhaps we are numb to how cruel it really is. Stop and say out loud—“Jesus endured His suffering for me. Jesus believed, and still believes today, that His sacrifice was worth it because He loves me that much.” Acknowledge today, that with God for you, none can succeed against you (Romans 8:31). Jesus Christ loved you enough to stretch out His hands so your sins and mine can be nailed to the Cross again today.

 

The terms are non-negotiable. The Covenant of the Cross must be accepted in full. The price has been paid. Accept it or Reject it—the choice is yours today. And like the prayer, Jesus prayed in the Garden that night, this author and ministry urges you to accept it in full. Should you want to connect with one of the leaders—please reach out. We are praying for you to receive the Covenant of Love offered at the Cross.

 

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The father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:22-24 (NIV)

This Biblical passage is often shared in Sunday Schools as the parable of the Prodigal Son, but that is somewhat of a misnomer because “prodigal” is defined as having or giving something on a lavish scale.” The father in this passage is the central figure and represents our Heavenly Father God. God is the true prodigal! He loves lavishly. Jesus shared this parable to give us a picture of God’s extravagant, forgiving love, while He was still on earth. This weekend we celebrate that lavish love at its most extreme example, when Jesus Christ, God’s Son, went to the cross for pay the price of sin for each of us. Jesus Christ lay down His life as our friend, so we would not have to suffer the eternal consequences for our rebellion and mistakes.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay own his life for his friends. John 15:13

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

“When God Ran”

by Philips, Craig, and Dean

 

Almighty God, The Great I Am,
Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful,
Awesome Lord.
Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings,
Mighty Conqueror and the only time,
The only time I ever saw him run,
Was when…

He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”

He caught me By surprise, When God ran…

The day I left home,
I knew I’d broken His heart.
And I wondered then, if things could ever be the same.
Then one night,
I remembered His love for me.
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see,
It was the only time,
It was the only time I ever saw Him run.
And then…

He caught me by surprise.
And He brought me to my knees.
When God ran… I saw Him run to me.

I was so ashamed, all alone, and so far away.
But now I know, that He’s been waiting for this day…

I saw Him run to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
I felt his love for me again.
He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
He said “Son”
He called me Son.
He said “Son, do you know I still love You?”
He ran to me
I saw Him run to me
And then I ran to Him
When God ran

 

Run into His loving waiting arms today.

Thank you, Lord God, for Your extravagant Love. Thank you for not giving up on me. While I was yet living a life focused on my selfish desires and living in sin, You sent Your son to the cross to pay the price with a criminal’s death. Then You reached out with Your lavish love to draw me to Yourself so that I might go out to empower others with Your love and grace. Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, may I live today soaking in Your love so that tomorrow in light of that love I go out to serve and pass that love on to others in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen

 

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Have you ever wondered why today is called “Good Friday?”  Considering the violence and death this holy day commemorates, such a positive label doesn’t seem to fit.

Some historians feel the original name was God Friday and through the years gradually transitioned to Good Friday. Some European countries refer to today as “Great” or “Holy” Friday.  The Bible itself does not give today a particular name, but Scripture does give hints as to why Good Friday really is an appropriate name for today, the day that commemorates when Christ was crucified.

 This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us

and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  

I John 4:10

 The steps Jesus took to the cross and to save us can overwhelm us emotionally unless we experience it through the grid of God’s great love for us.

There is meaning in each step Christ took on this earth, all the way to the cross.  His merciful works were numerous as His many miracles touched and changed so many lives.  His teachings were designed to mercifully draw us to Him.   And in the process of living life as a human on this earth, He took willing steps that ever drew Him closer to the good purpose for His coming, which is a restored relationship with you and me.

Best of all, Good Friday points us to Easter Sunday, the day we commemorate the empty tomb and that Jesus Christ did not stay dead but was risen.  He promised that He would rise again, and He did!

That is why Good Friday is indeed good.

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