WHEN IT GETS PERSONAL Andy Hollifield 8-27-18
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
In John 14:21 Jesus says “I will love him.” In the verse above says he did love me. John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus did die on the cross for me so he must consider me to be his friend. He gave himself for me because he loved me. That is a personal thought isn’t it? I heard a wonderful message Sunday morning by Pastor Mark Crowder at Light Of Life in Woodfin. He had a group of special singers to sing one song and then he preached a message out of Galatians 2:20 entitled, “Jesus Loves Me.” The special singers were the children in his church. Like he mentioned, sometimes as adults we think we have outgrown that song.
There are a lot of personal statements in the bible but here in Galatians 2:20 is the only place I found where it says directly; “he loved me.” It is throughout the whole bible in principle and application but only here it says “the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” That is definitely personal. It’s personal like Jesus speaking to the repentant thief on the cross when he said, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” “Thou.” Not everyone else but just that man. He didn’t say that he was opening the way for everyone but at that moment it was all about that one man. A little while later when “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom” (Mark 15:38) it was for all mankind; “whosoever will.”
There are a lot of scriptures that indicate that our relationship with Christ is personal. One is Matthew 16:24 where Jesus says “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34 says Jesus called the people to him and then said “Whosoever will come…” He spoke to them all but at the same time spoke personally to each one. “Whosoever will come” and “any man” and “let him” “take up his cross.” His love is personal but yet available to all. Another personal scripture is Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess” and “thou shalt be saved.” On down in verse 13 he speaks again to everyone and says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” John 14:1-3 is a beautiful personal promise. It says “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (2) “…I go to prepare a place for you.” Verse 3 says “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Did you see all of the times “ye” and “you” were used. He didn’t say “all of you” he just said “you.” That makes it personal. A lot of scriptures say “we” and “us” but I am thankful that it is a personal salvation and relationship.
Even under the law it was personal but it was by works and not grace. Leviticus 5:10 says “…and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which he hath sinned, and it shall be forgiven him. “For him”, “his sin which he hath sinned” and the best part “it shall be forgiven him.” That atonement was available for everyone, but like salvation, it’s only given on an individual basis. No one else can get it for you but you have to get it yourself.
As you go about your day today think on this: He died for you and rose again for you. He calls and invites you to come. “Ye must be born again.” He will forgive or has forgiven you. He’s coming back to get you if you have accepted him. This will only be a blessing to you “When It Gets Personal.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!