He Loved Me

Read: I John 4:7-11

I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.   Galatians 2:20

A mother was so devoted to her only daughter that when the daughter died, the mother made a daily trip to her grave, regardless of wind and weather. On the 500th day, the mother’s lifeless body was found lying across the daughter’s grave. Her heart was broken under the constant remembrance of the death of her beloved daughter.

How different is our remembrance of the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As we take our place each Lenten season at the foot of Calvary’s cross, we do so to renew our hope, comfort, and assurance which is ours in the death of our Savior.

Come to Calvary’s holy mountain,
Sinners ruined by the Fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain
Flows to you, to me, to all,
In a full perpetual tide,
Opened when our Savior died.

As we go in spirit to the spot where Jesus died, we can bow our heads in silent reverence, and we can confess with St. Paul “I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  

“He loved me!” That is the sum and substance of our Christian faith. “He gave Himself for me!” That is comforting and reassuring. Because Jesus loved, and because He died, I shall live forever!

Upon a life I did not live,Upon a death I did not die;
Another’s life,  Another’s death, I shall live forever!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the faith to say with the Apostle Paul: “The life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Amen.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.