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Thursday, November 1, 2012

"It Should Have Been Me, Yet it Couldn't Have Been Me"

Hebrews 10:10 NLT "For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time."

When we think about the pain and suffering Jesus went through for our sins; knowing Jesus was holy, innocent, blameless and did not deserve to die, we think to ourselves or even say to another..."it should have been me." It seems so humble and even noble when we say that. But is it?

God gently reminded me this morning,"it shouldn't have been you!" "Okay", I thought. Then He spoke to my spirit and said, "It couldn't have been you or anyone else because all have sinned and fallen short of my glory." Romans 3:23 "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard."

Wow, what a humbling conversation with my God! I have been innocently thinking that I was being humble when I said,"It should have been me". God showed me this way of thinking is a form of pride. To think that anyone of us "should have been" on the cross instead of God's perfect sacrifice, Jesus, is a sin. Ephesians 2:8-9 "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."

Maybe someone reading this is thinking, "This is ridiculous, you are taking this too far when you say it's a form of pride, and sin at that." I get it and I thought the same thing at first, until I realized God was speaking directly to me after singing the words to a familiar song. As I picture my sweet Savior's life leading up to His death and knowing He was God's chosen all along, to die for the sins of the world...yeah, I am proud to say, "It could not nor should not have been me!"

Jesus was God's chosen from the beginning of time because He fit the description of the Perfect, Holy and Final Sacrifice for ALL PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE sins! When I think about it like that, boy, it sure does cause me to love Him even more! I desire for the whole world to know this truth, it was and only could have been Jesus! John 14:6 "Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."