The Love of God in the Sacrifice of Christ

Do you regularly stop to think about how much God loves you? Because of the distractions of this world, I can sometimes lose sight of the love of God. I know He loves me, that is not in doubt. However, I can become confused by what that means. I try to impose limits on it. Make it something I can easily wrap my head around. Like Picard in First Contact contending with the Borg, about God’s love I declare “the line must be drawn here; this far, no further.”

Yes, I know. I just compared the love of God to the Borg. But I think it works. The Borg are unyielding, unrelenting, persistent, and all-consuming. As much as we try to run from it, as much as we try to fight it, the love of God pursues us. Does the analogy fall apart and fail? Oh, yes–very, very quickly if you take it further. But I trust you’ll understand the point that I am making. God is not fickle with His love for His creation. I needed a reminder.

A Dream of Love

The Love of God picture of baby and fatherMy wife and I excitedly anticipate the birth of our first son in June. During this time, we have been getting supplies together, figuring out where things will go, and generally preparing for the arrival of our son. It is a surreal experience to know that soon we will be caring for a child. I often wonder how well I will do.

But while all this has been going on, I have been so inundated with time-sapping projects that the fact I am going to have a baby boy hasn’t really sunk in. Don’t get me wrong. I know the baby is coming, but sometimes it hasn’t seemed real. Being so distracted by competing obligations, I think my mind has mostly relegated this beautiful event to the realm of “I’ll deal with that later.” (Probably as a result) I haven’t felt the love and joy I thought I would.

Then, last night, the Lord blessed me with a dream. In my dream, I was sitting on my couch holding my baby boy. I was laughing as I was trying to figure out how to hold him. I would try one way and then another, trying to find just the right way. There was such a love in heart for this little child. As I looked at him, I knew he was mine and that there was nothing that could change that.

I suddenly woke in the middle of the night overflowing with love. The Lord had bestowed on me the love for my son for which I had been hoping. I was excited–exhilarated–there was joy abundant.

A Lesson on the Love God

But the Lord was not finished. He revealed to me in the still quietness of the night His great love for me. The way that I felt about my baby boy in the dream was the way that He feels about me. He holds me in His arms. I am His and nothing can change that. At a point when I thought I could not experience any more joy, a new wave crashed upon me.

Sin can often cause us to run from God. I have done this myself on many occasions. As the result of my sin, I want to hide and not have His eyes upon me. But our God is a pursuing God. The Spirit reminds me in those times that my security in God is not in the things that I do but in the things He does. The work He has done on my heart, mind, and soul over the years is my security. His promises are my security. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is my security.

Celebrate the Resurrection

The Love of God picture of a crossToday, we celebrate the resurrection of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. So pursuing is the love of God that Christ set aside His infinite nature to live a finite human life. He humiliated Himself by first becoming like us and then by submitting to His creation to be beaten, cursed, spat on, and eventually nailed to a cross. Jesus gave up His life to satisfy the justice and wrath of God for our sins. He stood in our place and took the full and complete punishment of our disobedience. And then, to demonstrate His power and to fulfill His Word, He rose from the dead.

Why did God do all of this? So that He might reconcile us onto Himself. He did it for us, wholly and completely, because God is love: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 ESV).

If you do not yet know the love of God, respond to His call for repentance and ask Him to rescue you from your sin and to be the Lord of your life. Accept the free gift of God’s grace to wash you clean of your wrongdoings. Begin to read the Word of God in the Bible so that you may learn what He desires of your life. A great place to start is in the Gospel of John. Find a Bible-preaching church and learn from godly Christians to walk in the ways of the Lord. If you have ask God to be your Lord and need help taking the next step in your relationship, reach out to us. Visit our contact page and let us know how we can help guide you along this most holy journey.

 

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Mark is a former elder of the church and currently serves as a technology adviser and as a musician and singer in the Music Ministry. He is a husband, father, and public school teacher. Additionally, he has a passion for studying theology and Church history.

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