God’s Love – Revisited – Just Because

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Have you ever been out at sea with no land in sight for as far as you can see in all directions? I have. Have you every been out at sea in a storm when the waves are forty feet tall? I have. Have you ever seen the ocean like a sheet of glass with not even a ripple for as far as you can see? I have. Have you ever been out at sea in the night and gazed up at all the stars you can’t normally see and marvel at the wonder of the universe? I have.

It’s a humbling experience. It helps puts things into perspective and one cannot help but wonder why it is that we have been given this gift of life. And even more so, why oh why does the Creator of all that we see, know and care about us.

Yet in Matthew 10:30 Jesus tells us that even the hairs on our heads are numbered. Ever word that we speak and every thought that we think are heard. Our prayers are heard and the cries of our hearts are known by our Creator. And then when I ponder this earth that we live on and how against all odds, life with all of it’s varied species exists, including our own human race, it boggles my mind, even with all of the evil that exists.

We take so many things for granted. The earth with all of the beauty that God has created, the flowers, the birds, the trees, the sky, the air we breath, the variety of foods that are available to sustain our bodies. Our ability to see and hear and touch and smell what is around us. And then there is love. That emotional attachment or feeling than can consume our whole being, sometimes for good and sometimes for not so good.

When I read the Bible and God’s revelation unfolds, where our connection with Him is broken and how He doesn’t leave us there. He paints a picture that just about anyone can understand that gives us glimmers of Him and insights into ourselves and lays out a promise of a coming Messiah, a Savior, God actually coming to dwell among us and show us of Himself. And then it actually happens.

There’s never been anyone like Jesus. The words He spoke, the things He did, and especially what He accomplished for us. It’s hard to comprehend how God could care and love us so much that He would go through what He went through to get us to see. And yet He did. Jesus walked on this earth, He breathed the air that we breath, He knows our weaknesses and He knows our limitations. He understands because He became one of us. It’s hard not to see the beauty of that.

Yet Jesus was different. He perfectly followed the will of His Father, everything that He did, all of the words that He spoke came from the Father. And like all things that God does, at the right time and in the right place, when all of the moving parts where ready, Jesus began His ministry knowing full well where it all would lead. If any of you have had cancer, like I have in the past, the foreknowledge of what is likely to come takes on a whole new life of it’s own. It affects just about everything, it filters out very quickly what is important and what is not important. It clarifies like few other things can.

Yet Jesus steadfastly walked towards his goal, never ever letting anything interfere with His Father’s intent. He came to save us, to do for us what we in ourselves could never do, perfectly follow the will and goodness of the Father, at the expense of His own pain and suffering, so that we, you and I, could be at one with the Father again.

Jesus died on the cross for you and for me. He had to, there was no other way. We simply can’t do it ourselves, no matter how good we may think we are, no matter how noble and loving we think we may be, the love that we have doesn’t compare with the love that emulates from the Father, not even close. It’s a totally different ballgame, we’re not even on the same playing field. God is about mercy, forgiveness, true honesty, justice, truth and an even playing field, there are no special passes for you or for me. God is not a respecter of persons, He knows us much better than we know ourselves. and there’s a reason for that, He created us.

We take so much for granted, we assume so many things without ever coming close to reality. We live on a planet that may well be unique within this universe, that itself came into being out of nothing. We get what we need to sustain these bodies from a ball of fire in our solar system, which is tucked away in a special place, in one of billions of galaxies. One solitary planet different from all others. The ground that we walk on wasn’t always there, the soil that we take for granted didn’t always exist, the plant life and animals that we naturally recognize have only been here for a short short time frame when we take a look at the creation time span of our own planet. Special circumstances produced what we see all around us and yet most of us don’t even recognize what it is that we see.

Not only did God give us life but He also gave us everything that we need to live and thrive in this environment, which is in reality, only a foretaste of what is available.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV says “However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—”

Jesus knew this when He came to be with us. Jesus knew the heart and intent of His Father, that love that emulates towards us, His creation.

John 3:16 NIVFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

But not only did Jesus come to die for us so that our sins could be forgiven, He also came to show us that the promise of eternal life is not just wishful thinking.

Jesus rose from the dead. He died and was buried and rose again on the third day, just like He said He would. The Apostles and many of His followers saw Him, spoke with Him, touched Him, ate with Him. It’s what turned the Apostles around 180 degrees, it’s what brought about Christianity.

And in essence, the whole story, the whole revelation, is all about God’s love for us, His creation. Available to be accepted or available to be declined. And it all focuses on Jesus.

John 14:6 NIVJesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Why is God’s love for us expressed through His Son? Because that is the way that God the Father decided it would be. And so it is.

So when you reject Jesus, you reject God’s love.

Please don’t do that.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

8 comments

  1. I am consistently aware of how different we as people are from one another in our experiences, personalities and ways of relating to one another. We are like the 10 men and the elephant describing life and God’s creation from our experiences. Yet, those of us who follow Jesus with consistent close encounters (a daily walk) can talk on the same level of awareness of who God is and what he has done and is doing in our lives.
    I have only had a couple of fishing excursions on the ocean close to shore while you have spent an immense more time out there. It is a good thing to encourage one another to launch from the shores of trusting only ourselves into trusting God. To then experience the vast expanse of Gods Love, his leading, his ways of molding and shaping us. The ultimate “Great Adventure”

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    • Hi Gary, Yes, I have observed the same differences in others, as you have, (including myself of course) yet there are those common experiences that touch all of us who seek God, or at least they should. You touch on that frequently as you help us draw near to the “campfire” we all share. Blessings brother!

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    • Thanks, Jo. It’s funny, I was just looking and marvelling at the work that Teri Dugan (https://truthfaithandreason.com/) has accomplished over the last 8 years as compared to myself. I know we are told not to compare ourselves to one another, but it’s pretty hard not to acknowledge her superior dedication and persistence. I don’t know if you have ever looked at her volume of work but if you haven’t, I highly recommend her. It makes one mindful that we are all called to do our part and we all have a gift that we can use to further God’s Kingdom and purposes. Wives and mothers especially have a beautiful influence, and dedication and persistence come in many different forms and flavours, each building in their own special way. Yours is a gentle voice and sorely needed. A word of encouragement, like you often give, means a lot. God’s blessings to you and yours, Jo.

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  2. Thanks so much Bruce. Your encouragement is very timely! I will follow that link and have a read. As you say in this post, there’s no greater clarifier than cancer, and I’m seeking what the Lord would have me do in this next season, and with the study I’m doing. I have let my employer know I am resigning once all my long service leave is used up which is both scary and exciting. Bless you Bruce.

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