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He did it just for you
by Max Lucado

When God came into time and became a man, he who was limitless was bound. Locked up in the flesh. Restricted by tired muscles and eyelids. For more than three decades, its once limitless reach has been limited to the extension of an arm, and its speed has been tested against the pace of human feet.

I wonder, was he ever tempted to regain his limitlessness? In the middle of a long trip, has he ever thought about moving to the next town? Was he tempted to change the weather when the rain chilled his bones? As the heat dried his lips, did he think of going to the Caribbean to freshen up?

If he ever entertained such thoughts, he never gave in to them. Not even. Stop and think about it. Not once did Christ use his supernatural powers for personal comfort. In a word, he could have turned the hard earth into a soft bed, but he didn't. He could have smacked his accusers' spit back into their faces with a wave of his hand, but he didn't. He could have paralyzed the soldier's hand with the arch of an eyebrow as he plaited the crown of thorns. But he did not do it.

Want to know the coolest thing about coming?

Not that he didn't need anything right now for air, food, a tub of hot water and salt for his tired feet, and most importantly, someone – anyone – who was more concerned about where he was going to spend Eternity where he'd hand out the paycheck on Friday.

Not that he stayed cool while the dozen of the best friends he had ever felt felt the heat and came out of the kitchen. Or that he did not give orders to the angels who were begging, “Just nod, Lord. One word and these demons will be devilish eggs. "

Not that he refused to defend himself if he had been held responsible for every sin since Adam. Or that he remained silent as a million guilty verdicts echoed in the Tribunal of Heaven and the Giver of Light stayed behind in the cold of a sinner's night.

Not even that after three days in a dark hole he stepped into the Easter sunrise with a smile and a boast and a question to the lower Lucifer – "Is that your best shot?"

That was cool, incredibly cool.

But do you want to know the coolest thing about who gave up the crown of heaven for a crown of thorns?

He did it for you. Only for you.

Of his name is Jesus
© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009) Max Lucado

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