How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Is it even possible, in our finite humanity, to truly understand God's love for us? A love that is deep is difficult to comprehend. A love that is deep is immeasurable. A love that is deep is intense and excruciating. A love that is vast is very great in size and degree. A love that is vast is colossal, tremendous, immense, and boundless. In spite of what we've done, or how we have treated Him, His love for us continues. It continues to be deep and vast. "Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever." - Psalm 136:26.
His love gives. It gave us His Son, Jesus. "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." - John 3:16. Jesus, who teaches us how to be holy and bridges the gap we have placed between ourselves and God. Jesus, who demonstrates to us what true faith and trust are, giving His life so that we may live. Yes, us, all of us. We are all wretches. People of great misfortune. We are despicable and vile. We are reprobates, scoundrels, and no-goods. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23. But then there's Jesus, from whom the Father turned His face away as He, the Chosen One, hung wounded on the cross, for the purpose of bringing all of us to glory. For the purpose of making us His treasure. To Him we are of great worth, valuable, precious. To Him we are to be cherished and honored. "What great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! - 1 John 3:1.
His love suffers loss. Searing loss. Loss that was extremely intense, brutal, cruel, grievous, and severe. His pain was great. It is impossible for any of us to experience something that God has not already experienced. He knows exactly what we are feeling in every given circumstance. "We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin." - Hebrews 4:15.
His love suffers rejection. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" - Mark 15:34. What do we give to Him, the One that hung upon that cross with our sin on His shoulders? Can we hear our voices, along with the scoffers, mocking Him? Do we not realize that what God set out to accomplish for us was finished and completed through Jesus Christ? That it was with His dying breath that He brought us life? "He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." - 1 Peter 2:24.
His love paid our ransom. What He did should bring us to our knees in complete humility. "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things." - Romans 11:35-36. We are nothing, and we have nothing. Whatever we are and whatever we have comes to us only through Jesus. All the gifts, power, and wisdom that we think we have accomplished on our own, are ours only through Him. Jesus, the One who through His death and resurrection, received the true reward. The true reward that He shares with all of us.
This I know with all my heart.
"Oh God, have mercy on us, sinners." - Luke 18:13.
So, are you experiencing God's love?
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