So have you ever had a WOW moment while reading scripture? That happened to me this morning. Now, I have read this passage multiple times in the past 14 yrs but today it was just different.
"For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, seperated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault." Colossians 1:19-22
Ok, so I started really thinking about this verse. That I was once an ENEMY of God. Who wants to be that, right?! But here is what really got me......I asked myself the question....would I do what God did for my enemies? I know Christ rose from the dead after 3 days....so God "got" his son back in three days BUT would I let my son go through ALL Christ's sufferings (even if I too got him back in three days) for my ENEMIES?!?! Heck no!!!! AND then after to see THEM as holy and blameless....WHAT?!?! My SON was the one who suffered...not THEM...they were the ones with evil thougths and actions, not my son...THEY are the ones who should of died! Why would God do this?! Then this verse popped in my mind:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
WOW! He must really love us!!