He Gave Himself

There can never be a greater gift than this.
Our Lord Jesus Christ not only has given forgiveness and salvation and all spiritual blessings,
He gave Himself!
The pure, glorious Son of God gave Himself,
substituting Himself in our place to suffer the righteous judgement of God on our sins.

Six times this wonderful affirmation is found in God's Word.
The first is in our text, assuring as that, when He gave Himself,
He paid the price to deliver us from this present evil world into the eternal world to come.

Then, in the next occurrence, this promise is made intensely personal.
Christ "loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
The gift Christ gave is more than the world could ever give.

The supremely sacrificial nature of His gift is then emphasized.
"Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God"
(Ephesians 5:2).
The sacrifice has brought us to Himself, for 
"Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it... That he might present it to himself
a glorious church" (Ephesians 5:25,27).

The offering was sufficient to pay for the redemption of all sin,
as He "gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Timothy 2:6).
This ransom is not merely to redeem us from the penalty of sin at the judgement,
however, but also from the power of sin in our lives,
and this is the testimony of the final occurrence of this great declaration.
Christ "gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14).
Written by Henry M. Morris
Days of Praise March - May 2013

May your weekend be filled with blessings and joy!


Debbie said...

Beautiful. Have a Blessed Good Friday Stephanie!

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

Lovely post! Wishing you a wonderful weekend rejoicing in our Saviour.

Debbie Harris said...

What a beautiful post Stephanie, and then to get to the end and see that breathtaking picture of the cross and the sun, amazing! Thank you for the wonderful reminder of the cross and all that it means to us.
Praising the Lord!

Have a blessed day today!

Love you!

Sherri B. said...

Stephanie, what a beautiful post. That photo is spectacular, I would love to know where that was taken.

Have a very blessed Easter, my friend. xo

Gail Dixon said...

Did you take that photo? Wow. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Connie said...

A wonderful post,
Happy Easter.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Deanna said...

what a stunning capture. Blessed Easter to you, Stephanie!!

NanaDiana said...

Amen, Stephanie- Happy Blessed Easter weekend to you- xo Diana

Kate M said...

Wonderful post Stephanie and a very beautiful photo - is it one of yours? Have a happy and blessed Easter.

A Daughter of the King said...

"It is finished." Praise God!

Jazzmin said...

Stephanie, this is such a beautiful post! And that scene, oh my!... so true to God's beautiful creation.

I love the focus of this and the verses you wrote about, and truly enjoyed this post overall as I have been immersed in scriptures showing God's love by giving His son for us this week.

Have a blessed Lord's weekend!!

Blessings and hugs to you,

Jazzmin said...

I forgot to mention it in my comment, but your new blog design is just lovely!! Since I've been reading your blog, you have changed it a few times I believe and every time it is always beautiful :)

Mrs. Smith said...

Beautiful post, dear Stephanie! I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter!

I'm trying not to drool on my computer looking at the GORGEOUS header on your blog! ;)

Unknown said...

Hi Stephanie, thank you for posting how`blessed we are for the cross! I do love your new blog too! Have a blessed Easter my friend!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Wonderful hymn Stephanie! Have a blessed Easter!

Buttercup said...

Wishing you a bright and blessed Easter!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

A very lovely hymn, and stunning image, Stephanie. Many blessings to you and your family this Easter Sunday. Hugs, xoxo

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