Greek:/ ὑπέρ; hyper
1. in behalf of, for the sake of
2. over, beyond, more than
3. more, beyond, over
Merriam Webster English Dictionary:/
1. end, purpose
2. the good, advantage, or enhancement of some entity
Jet-lagging, midnight thoughts: I’ve always believed that language is perspective, which makes it a gift from God – given to help us see and understand things of the spiritual realm in different lights, in different dimensions. The different meanings of the word “sake” that I learnt today made good material for devotion! New discoveries based on old, familiar verses, to keep His love ever new, ever real to me.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.“
2 Corinthians 5:21
It is a word that tells us a lot: it is an exception, a distance gone for someone special, over and beyond what one is supposed to do. It is pardon… it is grace 🙂
He went to the cross not just on our behalf, but also in our behalf.
- on behalf of: representing someone
- in behalf of: for the benefit of, to help someone
The cross was for our sake, in that it is what we deserve (“on behalf of”) and what we do not deserve (“in behalf of”).
I think in all senses, and all means of understanding it, the word “sake” perfectly embodies the spirit of all that Jesus has done for us…
“And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
… and the word perfectly embodies too, the spirit of all that we ought to do for Him – in rightful return 👍🏻
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
We go through all that we are meant to go through, in order to represent Him on this earth and for the benefit His kingdom✨👑
We do it only for One, only for His sake, but He did it for our sakes – everyone, all of us – all of our sakes. How selfless and full a love! ☺️