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If This is True, Then…

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

1 John 3:16

Watch Week Four Day Five

Today we will review the major truths discussed throughout the week. Take a moment and consider what we’ve explored. Which truths did you connect with? Which ones were difficult to understand? Allow yourself to reflect on these important truths.

Reflection on the Incarnation

Jesus came to the earth for the grieving and the hurting. God came for us. When Jesus became man, He entered into our pain. Christ willingly left the glories of heaven. Having never experienced pain, suffering, or discomfort, He left paradise for us. He came to our broken world and walked our dirty roads. He felt the sting of blisters on His feet. He shivered from cold night air and felt His stomach growl from hunger. He knew the ache of loneliness when everyone abandoned Him. Our God is not a God who watches and sympathizes from afar. He is a God who enters into our suffering with us. Because Jesus can sympathize with us in our weaknesses, we can confidently approach His throne without shame and judgment, and we can receive help. Approach Him today! Jesus, fully God, chose to also become fully man. He came to our broken world to save us. How does this truth comfort us on our darkest days?

Reflection on Jesus’ Death and Burial

In eternity past, Jesus, being fully God, was outside of time. Before He created the world, He could see the cross. The apostle John watched the Savior die on that bloody hill outside Jerusalem. Later in life, John reflected on what he saw, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). At the cross, Jesus defined true love.

God warned us in the beginning that the consequence of our sin was death. We chose sin, separating ourselves from God. Christ chose to take our place. The stripes on His back should have been on ours. As He hung on the cross, He took God’s wrath for us. The tomb He was buried in should have had our name on it.

Romans 8:1–2 declares, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” We are free from sin and death! If we believe Jesus died and was buried for us, freeing us from sin and death, what does this mean in our everyday life?

Reflection on Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension

To prove He had conquered sin and death, Christ rose from the dead on the third day. Colossians 1:18 calls Him “the firstborn from the dead.” While we may experience physical death, Christ’s resurrection assures us that our story doesn’t end there. We will rise from the dead just as He did. He has ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us, assuring us He will bring us to join Him (John 14:2–3).

If we believe Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, how does this give us hope in this life?
If Christ defeated sin and death through His death and resurrection, how does this change our lives? This truth allows us to live freely—to live free of condemnation because Christ has paid the price for our sin. It frees us to give our lives away, knowing that death is not our end.

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As you reflect on the truths discussed throughout the week, which truth has impacted you the most? Why?

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I believe in Jesus Resurrection! When you stop and think about all that Jesus has done for us even before we were born he knew all about us and yet he still chose to take our place. He experienced everything we go through on a daily basis and he knows we are weak and we stumble but their is power in the name of Jesus power in the blood and through this all he still said I love them I will take their sins and I will break the bonds and chains and they can choose to have everlasting life with me one day in Heaven, all I I ask is to “BELIEVE”!!! When we chose to believe we want to please him and make him proud of us everyday and bring him glory! When we mess up we can always come yo the Throne of Grace and repent and ask for his forgiveness and fresh start again. It is this I can think about and know that his words ring true and we may not understand but we chose to believe and one it will all be worthwhile to spend eternity with Jesus. It is the HOPE we can all hold onto, nothing to lose everything to gain.

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