Holy Week - Tuesday
As the great Haddaway song asks, “What is love?” What does it mean? Where does it come from? How does it affect us? I think every person on this earth is trying to answer those questions every day. Merriam-Webster defines love as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. So obviously, the deepest kind of love comes from a place of personal connection. But how can we understand the depth of someone’s love for us? John Piper has described four different factors to ponder the depth of love: what it costs, how little we deserve it, the greatness of the benefits we receive from their love, and the freedom with which they love us.
If someone were to beat up the guy who stole your laptop and got a few bruises along the way, you would feel loved. If someone were to love us because we treat them well, you would expect that. And if someone were to go out of their way to check on you, of course you would feel loved! These are all good ways of showing love.
But what if someone sacrificed their life for you? What if someone loved you even though you rejected them every single day? What if someone willingly gave all their time to hear your every need, without anything in return?
[ Read Romans 5:6-8. ]
The beautiful thing about these “what-ifs” is that they aren’t “ifs” at all. Someone did all those things. His name is Jesus Christ, who was sent to us from our Heavenly Father. There is no force more powerful than the love our Heavenly Father has for us, His children. His love can move mountains, stop the roaring seas, heal sick bodies, and mend broken hearts. His love transforms lives and sets free those held captive by their sin and shame. Zephaniah 3:17 says,
““The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
The All-powerful Yahweh is pursuing us every day and loving every ounce of us that He created.
So how did God answer the what-ifs from above? The answer to that is in the familiar verse of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Think about it: God created us in His image. He made everything perfectly, then we (Adam and Eve) messed it up. We completely severed our connection with God because of our sin. That could have been the end. God could have said, “Well they messed up, guess I’ll forget about them.” BUT, God loves us so much that He went through the greatest sacrifice of letting His only begotten Son die an undeserved, wrathful death, so we could have a way to be back in community with Him. Jesus didn’t have to die, but He wanted to, so we could be back in the love of God the Father. This is the beautiful truth of the gospel.
So what’s keeping you from receiving the depth of God’s love? Or, where do you need a fresh revelation of God’s love today? In what ways do you need Him to show you how good of a Father He truly is? On this Monday of Holy Week, I challenge you to meditate through prayer on the depth of God’s love. Think of Christ’s love for you as His day for the cross was approaching. Consider the four aspects of love and think of what Christ has done for you in those areas. How does knowing God’s deep love affect your actions today?
Written by Taylor Cornutt, FCM Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering.