I think about love in human terms. I love fiercely but my love has limits. I don’t choose for it to be that way but it is. I love my husband, my children, my family and friends. I can love outside of this circle as God enables me, but my love can be swayed by circumstances.
My love is flawed.
When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we remember how He left his Father in heaven and came to earth to die for all mankind. He came quietly, no media, no paparazzi. He is the King of Kings and chose to make His entrance from heaven to earth in a feeding trough in a stable. Seriously!
It must be love.
His human world was small. He often travelled by boat or by His own dusty sandal clad feet. He had no internet or Facebook, yet He knows our faces and He knows us by name. He lived as a human and felt hunger and fatigue and pain. He knew that the outcome would be betrayal and death, yet He left streets of gold for this. Why?
It’s gotta be love.
He knew what we were like – miserable, rotten, self centred, liars, adulterers, cheaters, thieves, and murderers. Can you imagine a God who steps forward and says I’ll take the punishment for that if you will let me, and if we choose this gift, we get to have a relationship with Him and live in heaven with Him for eternity? You can come as you are, with addictions, habits, or any other nasties that we have on our top ten seriously bad list, and His arms are wide open. Figure that one out. What other reason could there be?
It must be love.
Ask me to love a killer, one who storms into a school and kills kindergarten kids. Can I? Could I love the terrorists who flew planes into the World Trade Centre as people innocently began their work day? Can you? Did Jesus take the blame for all of that? Did He take the punishment for the ugliest of sins? He went to the cross for us all. This defies all logic in my human mind.
It has to be love.
On my best days I can muster some kindness, some thoughtfulness, some tenderness and genuine love, but what about those “other” days, yet He loves me just the same on all days. The God of the Universe claims me as His own because I believe in Him and asked Him to forgive my sins and accepted His gift of eternal life. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to call you His child too. His love is not like human love.
Can you fathom it? Understand it? Comprehend it?
There is only one explanation that I can understand.
It is love.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4: 14-16 NIV
Copyright 2012 December 17 Cyndi den Otter – All Rights Reserved May be used with author’s permission