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"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." —1 Peter 1:18-19

At the Oasis Worship Night we gathered together to worship and praise our Lord while focusing on the happenings in the days leading up to the death of Jesus (Good Friday) and when He rose from the grave (Easter).

For those unable to attend, the evening focused on the depths of unimaginable love, love without boundaries or encumbrances, love wrapped in humility, love expressed as unfathomable mercy, amazing love poured out covering us in limitless grace, love spectacularly displayed on the tree where Jesus voluntarily consumed the cup of God's wrath in our place, washing us clean from sin with His own spilled blood, willingly embracing His undeserved suffering until it was finished, and conquering death triumphantly after three days in the tomb.

It was a heartfelt time together with other sisters, a time where our spiritual affection for each other and for the Lord was openly displayed, a time to sit at the feet of Jesus with hearts tuned to His presence, a time of fellowship, and of course a time of sampling tasty goodies. 

Take a peek at John Piper's meditations on the self-giving love of Christ found in his devotional "Love to the Uttermost" (available as a free download PDF, Kindle, or iBooks) to explore Holy Week and the Passion

The following article by Jon Bloom offers an exploration into what God wants us to know about how much he loves us:

The greatest love you can know is when someone lays down his life for you (John 15:13). Especially when you were an enemy when he laid his life down for you (Romans 5:10).

And that’s when Jesus laid his life down for you (1 John 3:16),

on a Roman cross of torture (Philippians 2:8),

to bear the guilt of your sins (1 Corinthians 15:3),

and pay your debt of infinite offense against a holy God (Colossians 2:14).

So while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8),

he who had never known sin became sin for you (2 Corinthians 5:21),

so you could become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21),

and become God’s friend (John 15:14),

and live with him forever (John 3:16)

and see his glory (John 17:24),

and experience full joy and eternal pleasures (Psalm 16:11).

There is no greater love for you than this. And God wants you to know this love that extends way beyond your capacity to comprehend (Ephesians 3:19).

Oh yes! He wants you to know his love. But it is not a love that you can gauge by how you feel today, or by the state of your health, or by the amount of your wealth, or by how well people speak of you, or how gifted you are, or whether your dreams of marriage or career or parenting are coming true, or whether your church is growing, or how many likes you get on Facebook, or any other achievement.

The article in its entirety can be viewed here: God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You