To whom it may concern,
This a very special letter that I am writing to you. I have been burdened for you since the day you were born and I hope that this letter will show you how much I love you.
I see the pain you have been through, though you try so hard to cover it with pleasures of this life. I have seen the lonely days that you have wondered, "Is there something better than this?" I have seen the nights you have laid on your bed with guilt from your past that seems to never go away.
I have felt rejection like you have, so I know what you feel.
Consider my life! I was born without a natural father. My friends used to tease me because I was a smart kid in school. My stepfather didn't quite understand me.
When I was older I became a teacher, and I was only doing good and helping people. But people didn't seem to like me. They threw rocks at me, made me leave their cities. And they were always accusing me of wrongful things even though I didn't do anything wrong. One of my close friends even betrayed me.
I was arrested and brought to court where they slapped and spit on me. They took a crown of thorns and put it on my head and hit me on the head with a stick. Then they took me and whipped me on the back so bad that my skin was actually peeling over. What agonizing pain I felt!
That wasn't enough! A lot of people wanted me killed. So they took me and hung me on a tree. I hung there for six hours in agonizing pain. But something good came out it all!
In my mind, as I hung there waiting to die, I saw before me, a vision of someone I loved. This person was you! A good-hearted person who was trapped in a world that doesn't love them. And in my mind I envisioned you looking for me and my love. I saw you getting baptized in my name and getting filled with my Spirit. I saw you talking in a heavenly language of tongues; it was wonderful to see!
As I grasped for my few last breaths, I was able to think of you and say in my mind, "I LOVE YOU!" Then I died. They did bury me, but after 3 days, I came back to life. I remembered you, and I was so glad that you were still on my mind.
So friend, I know it is a lonely world, so remember one thing. That I went through all that pain and suffering for you. It was me that took your guilt and shame when I died. So please remember, I DIED AND GAVE MY LIFE FOR YOU! I LOVE YOU!
JESUS THE CHRIST