Inside this tract are the following words:
What would you do for someone you love? Move across the country? Give up your job to care for them full- time? Donate a kidney? Most of us would make significant sacrifices for loved ones, but there’s usually a line somewhere we won’t cross. Even Meatloaf, who would do anything for love, won’t do ‘that.’
God’s love for us has no limits. It is not on a human scale at all but takes our shallow conception of devotion and blows it apart. His love goes beyond all reasonable lengths; it is relentless and unwavering; it is immeasurably generous.
The Bible verse 1 John 4:10 says,
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The cross is such a familiar symbol there’s a danger we might miss its potency. It has been replicated in jewellery, stuck on church rooves, incorporated into logos and embossed on Bibles. We can see it without really seeing it – two intersecting lines, the vertical one longer than the horizonal, a harmless graphic.
But crucifixion is one of the most brutal methods of torture humans have contrived. Jesus, the Son of God, was stripped, nailed to wooden beams and left to slowly suffocate in agonising pain. He did this willingly, to reconcile humankind to God. He did it for love and he did it for you.
Delicately and thoughtfully painted this design brings out the true feeling of sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross. His love really was without limits. How are you going to show Christ-like love this Easter?