A Bad Deal

Are you trusting Jesus

“This I know, that God is for me.” – King David – Psalm 56:9b

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9

Pang: “a sudden sharp pain or painful emotion:” – New Oxford American Dictionary

“In order to be successful you must learn to be self-reliant.” “It’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get back up.” “If you get bucked off, get back on that horse.” These are some hallowed creeds of american ideology. They say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” They speak of ownership. They speak to individual power. To the ability in us. And we have ability. I agree with them. But then again. They’re completely wrong to most of us. And so they stop being affective sayings and simply become discouraging rhetoric. They’re not genuine to the average person. Because there is something more needed. We need something more than just ourselves. Yes we have power in us, but that power is not of us or from us. The power we have is bestowed on us. And we have it for a reason. That reason may be unknown right now. But when we follow the One who gives us strength and courage and ability; that reason will be fulfilled. It’s a hope we have. A hope of something greater. As you watch a toddler learn to walk then run, you will watch a human being get hurt and get back up again. If you were to watch a young man peddling his bicycle with all he has, you’d be watching a boy dreaming of riding a motorcycle as a man. When you observe the care a little girl puts into her party with tea, you’re watching a person dreaming of becoming a woman. We all want growth. We all need growth. We all feel the pangs for growth. And we all want to take that step forward into being more than what we are now. We were built for it. But we don’t have the power. We can’t make ourselves grow any more than we can change the color of our skin. But it happens doesn’t it? We do grow. And if the sun hits us just right, the color of our skin changes too. But the power is not in us. It’s in the One who created us. We can eat the right things. We can lay under the sun. But God is the one who makes it work. He’s the one that designed our bodies to use the energy we put in. He’s the one who gave us sunlight and melanin. He’s the one who provides the very air we breath. But too often we place all the weight on our shoulders. We make or dream up ourselves to be the captains of our destiny. But God propels the ship. Jesus floats the boat. His love uplifts life itself. Are we willing to trust in Him? Are we willing to do what we need but rely on His doing? This is His creation we live in. It’s His love we live for. It’s Christ’s death we’ll live because. It’s not about you. It’s about the one who LOVES you. Do you believe that? Trust me, it’s a better deal than what we’ve been sold.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

What You’re Made For

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, – Genesis 12:1-4a

Endemic: “restricted or peculiar to a locality or region” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you were to go to a major aquatic entertainment center to watch the whales and dolphins jump around and do tricks, you would be watching animals that most likely were born and raised in captivity. 12,000 pound Killer Whales swim around in a tank the size of a large swimming pool for decades. And while they’re beautiful, and they stick their tongues out at you, and they do tricks, they have no idea. Those whales have no idea the world they were created for. They have no idea that they were meant to swim hundreds of miles a day, and that their swimming should actually get them somewhere. They have no idea the problem solving their brains were meant for. They have no idea the family they were meant for. That they were meant to stay by their mothers for the majority of their lives until she died. That their brain capacity for love and family probably exceeds that of their human trainers. They know the tank. They know that the proper jump, the proper wave, the proper action will get them a couple fish. We are not whales, but can you see yourself in the life of a Sea World Orca? Do you live a life of endemic captivity? Are we living up to our life’s capacity? Just a question…

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

Keep Your Soul

God is a God of Miracles

“There are two great forces, God’s force of good and the devil’s force of evil, and I believe Satan is alive and he is working, and he is working harder than ever, and we have many mysteries that we don’t understand.” – Billy Graham

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:10-17

Magic: “an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Power is power, right? No… None of us really believe that. Sure, we believe in power, but we also believe in good and bad. Right and wrong. So why are there so many who are willing to use power, no matter the source. There is power on the side of wrong. Just as there is power for good. Supernatural powers even. In the west when we think of powerful figures, we think of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, maybe even Ronald Reagan. But we also know that countering powers have existed as well. Slavery, Nazis, barbarism. But why? Certainly God works His power in our lives and in this world. And there are those who have chosen to do what is right and gained influence from it. There are also those who desire power, whatever the source. “The devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be Yours.’” – Luke 4:5-7  We all come across that temptation. The devil wants to give us power. But it comes at a price. Whether we know it or not, it comes at the price of worshiping him. Whether it’s wealth, knowledge of the future, the desire to see someone lost to us. The power exists for those things to happen. But they don’t always come from God. God is not a god of magic, but the God of miracles. The Bible says, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:31 Satan promises anything we want. And sometimes he even delivers. God asks that we follow Him. And while it may not lead to everything we want here on earth. His promise of salvation stands. His promise of everlasting life in perfection is the ultimate goal. Satan’s rewards are temporary, they lead to death every time. Jesus knew that. That’s why when Satan tempted Him with power, He simply replied, “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” – Luke 4:8b Make no mistake, the power exists to rule many nations through evil, the power exists to talk to people who have died, the power exists to divine the future. Magic does exist. But we have to be careful to discern between the power of good and the power of evil. The power of God and the power of the devil. The Bible is clear on what God is willing to do in our lives. It’s clear we are not to dabble in sorcery, in witchcraft, or in fortune-telling. It’s clear that we are to trust in Him and Him alone. He is jealous for us because He loves us. He wants the best reward for us. That is a life in heaven with Him. When we put our trust in other powers besides His, we’re rejecting His love and His promises for our lives. We’re saying in our actions that we don’t trust Him. And without trust, there can be no reward. May we all put our full trust in Him. The old saying, “The good die young,” may come to pass. A life of trust in Him may not bring wealth and power. But Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21 Jesus said this to His disciples. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:36-38

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

Risky Reward

Everything Great takes a risk“Gravity never accepts excuses, and if you mess up, gravity is not going to care.” – Jim Collins (author of Good to Great and great rock climber speaking on climbing)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Risk Averse: “A risk averse investor is an investor who prefers lower returns with known risks rather than higher returns with unknown risks. In other words, among various investments giving the same return with different level of risks, this investor always prefers the alternative with least interest.” – The Economic Times

The hardest part about success is taking the risk. The hardest part about significance is the risk. The hardest part about following Jesus is the risk. Everything great in life takes risks. Marriage takes risk, but it is absolutely great. Making the world a better place takes risk, but it is essential. Helping someone in need takes risk, but it is so rewarding. Life is defined by risk. It is in the risk that life is felt more than ever. Too often we bet on living comfortable lives, hoping that low risk will reward us with high yield. That’s a gamble as much as anything. Too often we rely on the risks of others to provide our reward. And that’s the beauty of our modern life. Other people’s risks can be rewarding to us. Airlines, computers, automobiles; they were all risks other people took that we reap the rewards from now. However, while we enjoy the material rewards of the risks of people like Henry Ford, Paul Allen, and Elon Musk, we don’t get to share in the satisfaction gained from them. Not much at least. No, our reward from them is relegated to enjoyment. Which is a good thing, but not a great thing. We can enjoy things all day long and still go to bed miserable. We may enjoy racing cars for example, but there is little satisfaction without finishing towards the front. Because it’s at the front that satisfaction occurs. It isn’t satisfying to be mediocre or poor at what we do. We don’t generally stay in jobs that we can’t do well in. We aren’t happy at home when we’re poor family members. We don’t like driving if we’re accident prone. Satisfaction generally requires performance, and performance always requires risk. The driver who wins a race is always closer to crashing than the others. However, risk doesn’t have to be foolish. It can be calculated too. When Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, he didn’t create what the social media giant is today. He created a small platform that students from his school could use to communicate with each other. Then he opened it up to schools across the country. Then he made it something everyone could get involved in. Then he went public on the stock market. Following Jesus doesn’t have to begin with quitting your job to start a mega-church. Sometimes it starts by just admitting that you’re a Christian. Then living like it. Then answering questions. Then influencing people. Then… Accomplishing anything will take a risk. The risks can range from embarrassment to losing everything. However, the rewards are too good to pass up. Knowing that you improved somebody’s life is rewarding. Saving a life is rewarding. Jesus promised the reward of heaven for following Him. And that’s more rewarding than anything. And remember, He risked and lost His life for you and me. Yes, life takes risks, but with Jesus it has its ultimate reward.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

His Creation, Our Effort

There is beauty in cultivation“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.” – George Bernard Shaw

Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
While yet in flower and not cut down,
they whither before any other plant.
Such are the paths of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless shall perish.
– Job 8:11-13

Cultivate: “to improve by labor, care, or study” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The early morning sun glints through the oak branches and leaves. A mist hangs over the scene freshening everything below the clear blue morning sky. You can smell the honeysuckle and the hyacinth. The marigolds show off their colors and the azaleas do the same. Perfectly manicured paths lead around the garden to places to sit and places to work in the soil. Peace more than anything grows here. In this garden, the things God created and our labor meet. And there’s something fantastic about that. It’s not every day that sun shines down through a cloudless sky. The flowers don’t bloom year round. And the peacefulness comes after purposeful diligence. Still, for right now, this is a place to be with the Lord.

Of course this place I just described is fictional. But not really, because we’ve all experienced places like it. We’ve all had those little moments of pure joy. And yet sometimes we wonder, why work? Why work so hard getting the flowers planted in just the right spots? Why pull all those weeds? Why worry about the grass being manicured and the gravel spread just right? Of course we know the answer. We know that the garden wouldn’t just be without purpose. And so it is with us. Why worry about our relationship with God? Why should we read His word so much? Why pray and talk to Him when we can’t even see His face? Of course the answer to these questions is easy too. Because we’re not the same without purpose. Without God’s purpose for us we wouldn’t be. Without living on purpose for Him we couldn’t be the same. It’s God in our lives that plants the roses in our hearts. Just as we wouldn’t expect a beautifully manicured garden without a little work, we can’t expect a life with God without letting Him into our hearts. Let God garden your heart. Let Him plant in your soul beautiful things. Let His Son shine into your life and see what in turn can grow.

The song of a robin perched above breaks the crisp silence. A hare twitches his ears somewhere down the path. A squirrel darts up a cedar to gain a better vantage of her surroundings. A chipmunk squirts in and out of view. Surely there is nothing like the place where our effort and God’s creation meet.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

The Way

There is a way to God's Heart“The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.” – Henry Ward Beecher

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” And they began to celebrate. – Luke 15:20-24

Arterial: “of, relating to, or constituting through traffic.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Steve is looking around the room he was just led into. It’s nice and all, but he’s looking for one thing. An exit. He’s never been here before and now he know’s how to get in, but right now he’s trying to plan an escape route. But it’s not for what you might think. Sometimes escape routes are necessary and proper.

“So can I leave through that door?”

He asks the wedding coordinator.

What ever happens to the ministers after a wedding? You hardly see them once the nuptials are over. Once their role is complete, they simply slip away. And so that’s what Steve was planning too.

“Ok, I’m gonna go and get my things then.”

Steve quietly passed through the approved exit, walking towards his car where he planned to wait until he would be needed.

The sound of an old time siren winding up filled the car. It was 1932 again and there was a fire. A bright red fire truck was on its way. Then he woke up. It was simply the alarm on his phone going off. That was Steve’s cue that he would be needed soon. He retraced his steps back from his car, made his way to the door. It was locked. There wasn’t even a handle to pull. It was an exit only. In his grogginess from having just woken he racked his brain on how to enter. He couldn’t go through the front, everybody would notice him. There was a special way to enter for the officiating party. Now he was wishing he had paid more attention earlier.

“This could get embarrassing.”

He thought to himself.

How many times do we plan our escapes and forget about the entrance. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 14:12 It’s easy to look for our own way. Sure, we want to know the way in. However, we always look for a way out as well. Just in case something goes wrong and we need to escape. That’s not a bad thing. Every building needs to post evacuation routes. However, there is a place we need to stay. A place where we are eternally safe. Do we know how to get in? Do we know how to be with God? It’s easy to find an exit. They’re all around us. All of those exits are one way. An addiction may lead us away from God, getting us back, that’s another story. Repentance, it simply means to turn around. When we repent we are turning from the paths that lead away from the Lord and drawing closer to Him.

“Hello”

“Hey Christina, I’m in the parking lot, how do I get in again?”

It was Steve on the phone.

“No problem, I’m heading out your way anyway, I’ll take you back.”

Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6 There are a lot of one way exits, but there are no permanent ones with God. There’s always a way back to Him. Ultimately He sent Jesus as The Way. And He’s never more than a call away. He is the ultimate arterial route to God.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

Knowing Christ?

Knowing Jesus“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” – G.K. Chesterton

We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall. – Proverbs 16:33

Straw man: “a weak or imaginary opposition (as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Did Jesus exist? Did He rise from the dead? Is the Bible true? Is Christianity merely a means to gain power and money? The popular politically correct answers to these questions today are, probably, no, a little bit, and yes. That is, Jesus probably did exist, but He didn’t rise from the dead. The Bible has truth in it, but it’s also full of myth and its truth is relative. And Christianity exists mostly because people used it to gain power and or money. What do you think? Here’s what I know. I know that Jesus is real because He’s changed my life. I know that God cares about us because of Jesus’ death. And I also know the skeptic wouldn’t even consider this an argument. But to that skeptic I ask them to prove love. Love is a feeling we all know. Still there’s no empirical evidence it exists. We see the effects of love all around us. But they could just as easily be the effects of people trying to gain a foothold in society. The skeptic could say that my mind is creating an experience. I say, God created my mind. How many times have you heard someone disprove Santa Clause, then equate Christ with Santa.  t’s easy to set up a straw-man, knock it down, and then call the straw-man Jesus. But how many skeptics would die for their skepticism. The people who have faced the choice of rejecting Jesus or life and died for their decision can’t be counted. Ten of Jesus’ original disciples died for their for their belief. Paul the greatest Apostle and arguably the greatest Christian ever to live, died for Christ. None of these men ever gained personal wealth or great power. Sure, they had influence, but their political power was nearly non-existent. It’s true that through the ages, Christianity has risen in power. It’s been used terribly to wield personal influence and gain riches. However, it’s also true that no belief has ever been attacked like the belief in Jesus. No belief has overcome abuse and doubt like the belief in Christ. It’s because Jesus is the only person to live who’s ever claimed to be the Son and the Word of God and been taken seriously. It’s because of the undeniable credibility of the Bible. And it’s against all odds that Christianity even exists today, let alone that it influences more people than any other belief system in the world. But then again, it’s God who determines the outcome of everything. God is not affected by odds, period. And if one were to count the odds, they would say there is a God. They would say that there is a God and that He loves you. They would say that there is a God and that He sent His only begotten Son to die for you and me. Go ahead and doubt. Go ahead and consider the odds. Go ahead… But consider these words by George MacDonald. “How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.”

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

Follow Him (Love Nation Day 20)

Over that past month we’ve been looking at all the ways Jesus loves us. The truth is, His life was lived for love. Everything He did was in the name of love. Healing the Talitha cumi (little girl) was an act of love. Calling Zacchaeus out of the sycamore tree was an act of love. And chasing the merchants from the temple was an act of love too. But His love was not meant to stop with Him. His love is meant to continue with and in us. He’s given us talents, are we going to use them for Him? Are we going to multiply them? He didn’t just leave this world with a mission accomplished banner. No, He left this world giving a commission. In it He told His disciples to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – Mark 16:15-18 What are we doing in His name? What are we doing in the name of love? Before He left, Jesus had some questions for Peter; the conversation went, “‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’ He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Tend My sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ and he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know everything, You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.’ (This He said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’” – John 21:15b-19 This is obviously a conversation between Christ and Peter, and none of us are Peter. But we can still learn from this conversation. It’s in the Bible for a reason. We can ask ourselves, “Do we love Jesus?” And if so, are we feeding His sheep? Are we living to benefit others? That’s what the love of Jesus does to us. More than anything it changes our motivation of life. It changes our focus from ourselves to others. Are we living like Christ’s love has changed us in any way? I pray Jesus changes all of us. This year let’s follow Him.

Until next year, may you know the love of Jesus,
Jake

New Life! (Love Nation Day 19)

Imagine the worst day of your life. Murder permeates your psyche and the images of a crucifixion just won’t leave your mind. Someone you love isn’t with you anymore. And all your hopes and dreams died with him. You get up early Sunday morning. You feel numb walking the streets. You get to the burial place. Death stares you in the face. But there’s something different this morning. Something less sinister. You can’t place it. It’s a feeling you’ll never forget. What is it? Life! Suddenly the birds appear with their songs. The air is crisp with a morning mist. The sun is shining and the flowers are beautiful. Because hope has returned. Love has won. The greatest act of love that once lead simply to the death of your Savior has now blossomed into new life with a resurrection unlike any other. Death, although real, no longer grips with everlasting determinant power. Good has triumphed Jesus has won the war. And there’s Jesus’ face shining into your soul. A smile unlike any other. It’s like the joy of a perfect day has entered your heart. It’s love unlike any ever experienced before. Tears flow with the joy of new life.
I’d like to imagine that’s what Sunday morning was like for Mary so many thousands of years ago. That she experienced something indescribable in it’s joy and magnitude. But I’d like to imagine something different to. I’d like to imagine something like that happening in all of our hearts. No we can’t go back and see Jesus that day, face to face. But we can experience His love and His joy in our hearts. When we accept His love as our Lord and Savior, when we realize that it’s not about what we do, but about what He did over that fateful weekend, something happens in our hearts. New life enters. Love wins. Good triumphs over evil. And Jesus smiles. What did He say about it? “I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” – Luke 15:10 And what does that repentance look like? It looks like letting Jesus affect your life. It’s not about you, it’s about Him. It’s not about what you’ve done. It’s about what He did. It’s not about the day, it’s about what He does in it. Can you hear the birds chirping? Can you smell the roses? Can you see the sun shining on this new day? Can you feel His smile, His love. It’s a new life!

Welcome to new life,
Jake

A Dying Love (Love Nation Day 18)

Here we are. We’ve gone through all four Gospels this month, looking for the ways Jesus loves us. And we’re coming to the end. We’re coming to His ultimate example of love. Remember what Jesus said. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 That wasn’t an empty statement for Jesus. It wasn’t just an example of what others should do. It was a statement of His love for us. Because He came to lay down His life for His friends. He came to give His life for us. He came to show us the greatest love. In order that we could be saved from ourselves. In order that we could feel true forgiveness from the One who is able to truly forgive.

Here is what the Bible says.

“Then the soldiers of the governor too Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and put a reed in His right hand. And kneeling before Him, they mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ And they spit on Him and took the reed and stuck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own clothes on Him and led Him away to crucify Him.
As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry His cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered Him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when He tasted it, He would not drink it. And when they had crucified Him, they divided His garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over Him there. And over His head they put the charge against Him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from he cross.’ So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him, saying, ‘He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God; let God deliver Him now, if He desires Him. For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’’ And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled Him in the same way.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?’ And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, ‘This man is calling Elijah.’ And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to Him to drink. But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.’ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.
And Behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. And the tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming g out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!’
There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.” – Matthew 27:27-56

Jesus Died For You,
Jake