I'm Doing This for You

Christ died for sins . . .
the righteous for the unrighteous.
                —1 Peter 3:18

Turning his bruised and bloody face toward Jesus, the robber asked, “Are you doing this for me?”

“Yes. And for that soldier with the club hanging from his belt—the club he’s going to break your legs with at sundown. And for the soldier next to him—the one thumbing the tip of the spear he’s going to plunge into my side. And for those four soldiers rolling dice in the dust for my clothes.

And for all in the future who will accept my sacrifice; and for all who I wish would, but won’t.”

“Yes, I’m doing this for you. And for someone I’m seeing centuries from now—I’m doing it for ­­____________________.”

Definition of perfect love: the Cross.

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