Jesus left His home to come to earth. He gave up His sovereignty to be a Servant.
He was despised so that we could be made divine. He carried our sorrows so we would no longer have to grieve.
He was stricken and smitten so we could be saved. He was rejected so we could be redeemed.
Forsaken by God so we could be made a part of His family. He was wounded that we might be healed, oppressed so we could be free.
He exchanged His perfection for our imperfection; His glory for our shame; His honesty for our dishonesty; His love for our hate; His peace for our wars.
He stripped Himself of power so we can have peace. Endured the darkness so we could have light; was hated so we could be accepted.
He was a victim for a short time so we could be made victors in all things.
Jesus died for a moment so that we could live forever.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
SOURCE: The Virtuous Girls, by Danita Whyte