He had the riches
of the entire universe,
the comforts of a body
untouched by pain,
the merits of a life
lived without sin,

and He gave it all up
for a world filled with
poverty and suffering,
paid the price of our
sinful imperfection

and we reject Him,
ignore His sacrifice,
despise His love.

Love, by Elizabeth A. Johnson

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows … he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

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

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

2 Corinthians 8:9; Isaiah 53:3-5; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:16; John 15:13

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