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For God So Loved

Hello Gloria Dei,

This is Good Friday. This is the day that our Lord, the one who was present at the creation of our world, the one who became flesh and lived among us, the one who gave of himself in service to others, the one who showed and taught us what God’s ways are all about… this is the day that our Lord hung on a cross and died for you and for me.

Throughout his life, Jesus was all about giving life away in service to others. He healed. He forgave sins. He performed miracles. All for the sake of granting life. On this day, he literally gave his life away for our sake and for the sake of the world.

Why? Why would Jesus do this? Why would God go through the sorrow of seeing his very own Son die on a cross? There is only one answer. And that answer is “Love”.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but will have everlasting life. –John 3:16

On this day Jesus took on my sins, and yours, and the sin of the world. In exchange, he gives to us his righteousness. We are forgiven and declared righteous in God’s eyes, not by what we have done, but by faith in the crucified and risen Christ.

On Easter we celebrate the reality that life wins over death; forgiveness wins over sin; God wins over the power of evil. Jesus comes out of the grave, and through faith in Him we too are given the gift of life and salvation, now and forever. Why? Because God so loved… and God so loves you.

On behalf of the Gloria Dei pastors and staff, a very happy and blessed Easter to everyone.

Pastor Tim

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