Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Resurrection Sunday – no other events are as significant to the Christian as those that took place during Passion Week. They forever changed the course of human history. One of the questions that comes to my mind as I think about what Christ went through is the question – Why? Why would Christ lower Himself to become a man (no so different from one of us becoming a worm)? Why would He, the creator, endure such abuse and suffering at the hands of mortal men whom He had made? Why would He let them beat Him and nail Him to a cross? The only answer that makes any sense is because He loved.
That’s a love that is impossible for us to understand. The Apostle John tries to explain it to us when he says, In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins (1 John 4:10). Can you imagine someone loving you so much that he was willing to take all of your sin guilt on himself and to actually be executed in your place? That’s what Christ did.
Some of you are feeling lonely; you’re stressed out about life; you’re worried about your family, your finances, your job, your children, your health. Some of you don’t feel loved – you haven’t experienced someone loving you for a long time. Can I share with you that there is One who loves you more than you will ever know? There is One who has loved you with a love that literally consumed Him. And He still loves you today with that same love that sent Him to Calvary. His love didn’t stop at the Cross or in the tomb; in fact that wasn’t the beginning of His love nor the end of His love. He loved you long before the Cross and He still loves you today with a passion that can only be stirred in the heart of God. Again the Apostle John tries to describe this love for us; for God so loved . . . (John 3:16). God so loved that He came to earth; God so loved that He went to the Cross; God so loved that He died. The songwriter expressed it well, but wholly inadequately when he wrote, what wondrous love is this, o my soul?
I want to encourage you today, if you are lonely, stressed, worried, feeling unloved, or even if life is great, to stop and reflect on God’s love for you. Sure it’s great to know that another person loves you and to experience their love in ways that you can see and feel. But how much better to know that the God of the universe loves you! Rest in His love. Let Him put His arms around you and love you with a love that goes far beyond any love you will ever know in this life. The words of God to Israel are equally true for you today; I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).
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