It was April 3, 2015. Good Friday. I was home alone watching the movie Passion of the Christ. With tears streaming down my face as I watched the horror of the crucifixion, my heart cried out, Oh Jesus, why!?! Why would you do that for us? Why would you do that for me? What, oh Lord, did you see?!? What did you see that could possibly keep you on that Cross?
“I saw you.”
For the Joy Set Before Him
I have never forgotten those words. His words still echo today. No matter what we have done or how we have suffered, Jesus’s blood still testifies, I want you. I love you. You are worth fighting for. You are worth dying for.No matter what we have done or how we have suffered, Jesus’s blood still testifies, I want you. I love you. You are worth fighting for. You are worth dying for. #hagarbiblestudy Click To Tweet
Picture your name written in front of each of the following sentences. Imagine that Jesus is speaking to you, and then read each sentence slowly and out loud.
______________, I see you.
______________, I want you.
______________, I love you.
______________, you are worth fighting for.
______________, you are worth dying for.
Which truth stirs your heart the most? Why?
Even in His darkest hour, Jesus could have ended it all, but He did not. Why?
“I saw you.”
Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross. . . .” Joy. He did it for the joy that was waiting for Him on the other side: the joy of seeing you and me and all of God’s children from every tribe, nation, and tongue reconciled to God the Father, to Himself, and to one another.
Because we live in a fallen world, like Hagar, you and I may experience many dark days, but if we will trust our heavenly Father and surrender to His perfect plan, He will often use our darkest days to shine forth His glorious light.
The above is an excerpt from Week Six of my new Bible study, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me.
Enjoy this 1-minute clip from Hagar Week Six, “God saw you!”, recorded live just a few weeks ago.