No Greater Love Than This!

This is an expression most of us have heard and think we understand even though we will admit that it will most likely be something off on the horizon that we personally will never experience.  Yes, we have read and heard about those who have given up their lives for others before: the many who have fought in wars for the freedom of those they love, but most would have to admit that while they knew they might die, they also knew that they might not and certainly didn’t plan on it.  Can we truly imagine that one might come into this world knowing the way his life would end and still not accepting that they couldn’t change the outcome or that a miracle wouldn’t happen?  And the bottom line is that most of our life we live without knowing the time or method by which we will die.

There is only one who truly knew from the beginning just exactly why He was born and how He would die and still accepted His role in God’s master plan.  It has never been within man’s comprehension to understand how one would choose to die for the worst of mankind and yet God knew and because of a love greater than anything we would or could ever imagine He sent His only begotten Son to suffer the sin of all mankind, both the good and the bad.

As I was lying in bed this morning thinking of things way over my understanding, I couldn’t help but wonder how my life would be if I actually knew the ending before it happened.  I decided that it wouldn’t be the fruitful life that I would choose because fear would always be with me.  There is only one satisfactory solution that I could come up with – the knowledge of the unfathomable love that exists in God’s heart for me.  And with that thought in mind I knew and know that within my humble life span I simply must do everything possible to help others to understand in order that we all may bear the fruit our Creator intended for each life He created.  Will it be easy – no!  Just a moment, easy is a relative term.  John recorded the words of Jesus for us and Jesus, himself, said – Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death (8:51).  That does put a different slant on things.  And Paul tells us in the book of Romans – But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord  (6:22-23).  Can that make the difference in how you look at how you spend your days?  It should!

Our Creator didn’t just want us to know He created us, He wanted us to know He loved us.  To that end He gave us a choice.  He didn’t threaten, He simply laid out the facts, the requirements and the consequences.  He chose truth rather than threats because He wanted us to love Him as He loves us, but He also wanted us to know, as we want our children to know, that there are always consequences to our actions.  If you are a parent yourself it is probably easier for you to understand,.  You love your children.  There is no question, God loves His children.  As a parent suffers when his child does wrong so God suffers over all His children. 

Our God gave so much more than most of us would consider; He didn’t just shut the door as we might choose to do.  He sent our Lord to suffer unimaginably hoping we would understand just how very much He loved us.  It probably can never be that we will truly understand, but we can choose to be grateful and we can choose to do our best to please Him and return His love.

There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night,
There is a love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.

                                                                                                   - Henry Van Dyke