For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

The Bible is candid in the portrayal of its characters. We find the saints of old wrestling with sin, fear, and lapses of faith. They teach us about life, love, and faith in God. They send forth a message of both greatness and human frailty. We learn that man has a sin nature and is in need of redemption. The Bible tells us of God's great love, and that He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins.

Let us fix our gaze on Jesus, who laid down His life for you and me. Can we fully comprehend His sacrificial love? The sinless Son of God offered Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins. (Hebrews 7:27) As believers in Christ, we have redemption and forgiveness of sin through His blood. (Ephesians 1:7) Jesus paid our sin debt in full, never to be remembered against us again.

Jesus, the gentle Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3), proved to be mightier than death itself, and on the third day. He rose from the grave in victory. Jesus conquered death and is alive today. We worship a risen Savior, who gives us newness of life, both now and eternally. We have cause to rejoice, for Christ lives, and He sits at the Father's right hand in heaven, interceding on our behalf. (Romans 8:34)

Heavenly Father, thank You that we serve a risen Savior who is alive and who lives in our hearts today. Thank You for the gift of eternal life through Christ our Savior. May we treasure it as our most precious gift. And may we never forget the tremendous sacrifice He made for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.