The value of a gift is related to what it cost to give and the worthiness of the receiver. Jesus gave his very life for us, bearing God’s judgment against our sin. It was his heart of love that was given. The cross was his purpose in coming. Because of the cross I can have oneness with him. Once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.
The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God. – Oswald Chambers
The cost was great, too great to understand. What can be understood is my unworthiness. I did not deserve what I was given.
And, this gift, is just the beginning of the journey. God’s previous Spirit works the very nature of Jesus into and through my life, as I obey him. This oneness with him is defined by his very nature.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
The greatest moment in life is when I truly decide that sin must die in me– not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but crucified— just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world.
Lord, Savior, thank you for the gift of your Son, the ultimate gift to the least deserving. Thank you for your heart toward me. Thank you oneness with you through your Spirit in my life. Thank you for showing me that the primary work of the Holy Spirit is to work the very nature of Jesus into and through my life, as I obey. Now, may sin truly be crucified in me just as you died decisively for me.