“Because Of His Great Love”
By Zach Wood
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.
Take a few moments, if you will, and think about some of the greatest things someone else or other people have done for you. Consider different milestones in life where family and friends have celebrated with you. The more time you take to think about this, I’m sure more and more memories will flood your mind in remembrance. It’s nothing but pleasant when we look back and remember the wonderful things others have done for us.
We sure hold on to these memories of what others have done for us, don’t we? These are memories that make us smile and make us thankful that people take the time to show they care and love us. It is a wonderful feeling when people do things for us, whatever the occasion might be. It makes us feel important and that our lives are worth celebrating.
Out of all the wonderful things that have ever been done for you by friends and family, there is nothing more wonderful and exciting than what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross of Calvary. Isn’t it wonderful that we have been made alive in Christ? We didn’t do this. Christ went to the cross for us. He gave His life so that we could have life through Him. We did nothing. He did everything. Does that put it into perspective? It should for all of us.
Look at the first part of this passage. Because of what God did for us because he loved us, we now have the opportunity for eternal life through Christ. We didn’t deserve what God gave us through Christ. However, because He loved us so much, He wanted to see us connect through a relationship in Christ. That is real love that we’ll never fully comprehend.
What God did for us through Christ gave us the chance to be made alive even though we didn’t deserve it. That is truly the greatest act of love and importance anyone could have ever shown us.