As the discipleship pastor*, I am tasked to write discipleship materials for our grace groups (cell groups). I am at this very moment writing Lesson 2 of our Gospel series entitled “The Only Way”. I have writen and talked about the gospel over and over. But you see, it’s very powerful that you can be moved whereever you are in your Christian journey. When I wrote these lines, I felt the Holy Spirit writing for and speaking to me:
“Jesus was the most precious possession in heaven. But because God loves us so much (Max Lucado says, ‘He would rather die than live without you’), he sent Jesus to die a painful death on the cross in our place. In effect, heaven went bankrupt just to gain you. That kind of love is unfathomable, how can we disregard it? The best part is, he did it while we were yet sinners. He didn’t say, ‘Be good first before I rescue you”, rather he said, “I’m going to die for you not because you deserve it but because I love you'”.
It’s seems like its the first time I heard it. I want to cry — literally. But deep inside, I am. I’m awed by His unthinkable love. I can’t say anything better than Thank you Lord!
*for no other proper term to use, I used “pastor” because that’s how we Christians call leaders. But at Grace Place, we don’t call leaders as “pastors”, we don’t even call each other “brothers” or “sisters”. We try to be unchurched-friendly as possible.