Friday, February 28, 2014

His Heart for Yours

1 John 3:16

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

About a week ago we received a prayer request for a little boy who requires a heart transplant. As soon as I read it, I said,  "God how do I pray for this?" If it's my little boy who needs a heart, I want the Lord to bring a heart to him. But what if my little boy is the one that has to give it up? What a heart-wrenching thought for me. I don't know much about donors, but that has to be a tough decision. It's one of those things in life that leave me still, quiet, just thinking and reflecting. Lord have mercy. An act to give freely with nothing in return except that someone else....lives.

It made me think about the price paid on a hill, a cross, where blood was voluntarily spilled.

We know we did not deserve it. A new life at the cost of someone else's? Why did he do it? The Bible says it was out of love; out of compassion for a people that was lost; literally dead. 

So, the begotten Son of the Father steps into creation, confined by time and immersed in a world of hatred, anger, lust, betrayal, deception; a world that has a leader bent on destruction.....ours!

So as "heart-wrenching" as it was for the Father to see his son give up his life for us, he did it because of the life that we desperately needed. We were dead. (Colossians 2:13) My mind is too small to understand the magnitude of what occurred on Calvary. This I do know, love was a factor; an agent that propelled this gift into action. There had to be such a singular focus on the end result, perhaps a glimpse of you and me without Christ. A sacrifice, not just for the Father to say to the Son go; but that the Son would also say yes. "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done." (Matthew 26:42)

For us to live, someone had to die. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit." (1 Peter 3:18)

So look at the Cross, look at the blood of an innocent man; the Son of God clothed in flesh; willing to die so we would live. It's one of those things in life that leave me still, quiet, just thinking and reflecting.

I do pray for this little boy, that the Lord would give him life. My emotions take charge and I could find myself crying for the one that needs the heart and the one that could give it. I'm thankful that God is Sovereign and that he knows best. As I read the Bible it teaches me about a Miracle Worker, the Son of God that can indeed transform a situation that seems impossible to what we know as the "healing hand" of God. So, agree with me for supernatural healing for this little boy. Today he is someone else's little boy, tomorrow it might be our need of a miracle.

My God is able!

God bless you!~Liz


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